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Mike Perry discusses Santiago Ponzinibbio fight: It’s redemption to beat the guy who beat the guy

When Mike Perry steps inside of the Octagon at UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 live on FOX from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, he’ll have the opportunity to overthrow rising welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio.

The main card tilt is undoubtedly Perry’s biggest test to date and a challenge he’s been waiting to conquer for a long time. In fact, the idea of defeating Ponzinibbio, who is coming off a scintillating knockout win over Icelandic contender Gunnar Nelson, offers a sense of redemption for “Platinum.”

“I seen that fight with Gunnar Nelson and it’s just another blessing, man,” Perry said during a Facebook Live interview with Dan Hardy ahead of UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland. “I guess I love that word, huh? It’s just a true thing that so many good things happen to me. It’s the fight I want. I got a game opponent that steps forward. We all know I come forward. I come to fight. I’m down to take one or two just to land one good one. Santiago [Ponzinibbio] is going to move forward and I’m going to hit him and we’ll see what happens when that happens. It’s kind of redemption for me to beat the guy, who beat the guy, who beat the guy.”

Perry, 26, has quickly ascended the UFC’s 170-pound ladder with four crushing knockout victories, including a Performance of the Night finish over veteran Jake Ellenberger. The hard-hitting gunslinger was scheduled to step up in competition and fight former title challenger Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 116 this past September, but “Pitbull” pulled out and Perry was left to quickly dispose of Octagon newcomer Alex Reyes.

With Ponzinibbio on deck, “Platinum” again has an opportunity to defeat a contender higher than him in the pecking order. And considering Ponzinibbio locked down the biggest win of his career when he flattened “Gunni” back in July, Perry finds himself in a good position entering UFC on FOX 26.

“People thought Gunnar Nelson was definitely the next champ,” Perry explained. “For sure. His ability in the Octagon, ground game, striking, trains with Conor McGregor — the super notorious biggest fighter in MMA, the biggest draw, the money man — and he’s right there with him. Calm and relaxed. That’s a weird thing that he has, how clam and relaxed he is that people fear. And here comes this Argentinian and he knocked him out in the first round and I’m going to do the same to him. It’s funny how the world turns.”

If “Platinum” is able to continue winning fights in devastating fashion and puts the Argentinian to sleep this December, he’ll put himself on a growing list of exciting title contenders entering 2018. But Ponzinibbio is an extremely dangerous opponent who packs a similar punch, so Perry must proceed with caution.

UFC on FOX 26 will be headlined by a welterweight clash between former divisional king Robbie Lawler and former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

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UFC on FOX 26 adds Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas, Mike Perry vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a pay-per-view (PPV) quality fight card to the FOX network, which I suppose makes sense since it usually brings FOX-quality fight cards to PPV, for the upcoming UFC on FOX 26 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, taking place on Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-3) will return to action following last June’s technical knockout loss to Max Holloway (18-5) when he collides with a familiar featherweight foe in Ricardo Lamas, who rebounded from his own loss to “Blessed” to capture two straight.

Aldo topped “The Bully” by way of unanimous decision at UFC 169.

Also getting their hands dirty in Winnipeg are welterweight prospects Mike Perry and Santiago Ponzinibbio. “Platinum” (11-1) is the winner of two straight — both by knockout — while “Gente Boa” has captured five in a row.

Perry will undoubtedly be looking to crack the top 10 with a finish over the Brazilian.

UFC on FOX 26 will be topped by the welterweight slugfest pitting former welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler against ex-lightweight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos, with the winner moving on to challenge Tyron Woodley for the 170-pound strap.

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UFC Fight Night 113 Results: Santiago Ponzinibbio Scoffs at Gunnar Nelson’s Striking, KO’s Him

Gunnar Nelson is pretty good at jiu-jitsu. Pretty damn good. You might say his entire MMA reputation hinges on how fearsome he is on the ground. And it’s served him well, to the tune of a 7-2 Octagon record, and a main event slot at today’s UFC Fight Night 113. His opponent, Santiago Ponzinibbio, hails […]

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinnibio Headlines UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland

A welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio will serve as the headliner for UFC Fight Night 113.
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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio to headline UFC Fight Night 113

It might not have been the high-profile matchup many thought Gunnar Nelson would get, but it is a headlining spot.

Nelson will take on Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland, the UFC announced Friday morning on its UFC Europe Twitter account. The bout was first reported by Pétur Marinó Jónsson of Iceland’s MMA Fréttir.

Nelson (16-2-1) has won two straight, most recently a second-round submission victory over Alan Jouban in March. The Icelandic star and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has only lost to Demian Maia since 2014. Nelson, 28, boasts a 7-2 record in the UFC and has etched his name among the top welterweights in the world.

Ponzinibbio (24-3) has quietly put together one heck of a run, winning four straight, including two by TKO. The Argentinian striker has only lost to Lorenz Larkin since 2013, emerging victorious six of his last seven fights. Ponzinibbio, 30, trains out of Rio de Janeiro and is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 113 also added a women’s strawweight bout between Scotland native Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo on Friday morning. No co-main event has been made official.

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio to headline UFC Fight Night 113

It might not have been the high-profile matchup many thought Gunnar Nelson would get, but it is a headlining spot.

Nelson will take on Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland, the UFC announced Friday morning on its UFC Europe Twitter account. The bout was first reported by Pétur Marinó Jónsson of Iceland’s MMA Fréttir.

Nelson (16-2-1) has won two straight, most recently a second-round submission victory over Alan Jouban in March. The Icelandic star and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has only lost to Demian Maia since 2014. Nelson, 28, boasts a 7-2 record in the UFC and has etched his name among the top welterweights in the world.

Ponzinibbio (24-3) has quietly put together one heck of a run, winning four straight, including two by TKO. The Argentinian striker has only lost to Lorenz Larkin since 2013, emerging victorious six of his last seven fights. Ponzinibbio, 30, trains out of Rio de Janeiro and is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 113 also added a women’s strawweight bout between Scotland native Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo on Friday morning. No co-main event has been made official.

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Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio added to UFC on FOX 19

A welterweight fight between Court McGee and Santiago Ponzinibbio has been added to UFC on FOX 19. The promotion announced the news Tuesday.

McGee (17-4) returns to the Octagon after defeating Marcio Alexandre via unanimous decision at UFC 194 on Dec. 12. Prior to that, McGee was out of competition for almost two years with his last performance being a decision loss to Ryan LaFlare on Dec. 14, 2013.

Like McGee, Ponzinibbio (22-3) also last competed this past December where he earned a technical knockout victory over Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 80. Before his victory over Stahl, the Argentinian fighter had earned Fight of the Night award after losing to Lorenz Larkin via technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 70.

UFC on FOX 19 takes place in Tampa, Fla. on April 16. A lightweight fight between top contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is schedule to headline the card.

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Highlights! Watch Santiago Ponzinibbio demolish Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 80


The finishes keep on coming on the exciting UFC Fight Night 80 mixed martial arts (MMA) card tonight (Thurs., Dec. 10, 2015) inside “The Chelsea” at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the third time this evening, a combatant was turned back early and it came via the ferocious striking attack of the Argentinian mauler Santiago Ponzinibbio, who put a hurting on Sweden’s Andreas Stahl.

From the get-go, Stahl was in a world of trouble and couldn’t see daylight through the incoming bombs that “Gente Boa” was hurling. Ponzinibbio landed at will — and often — targeting the head of Stahl with vicious intent.

The 29-year-old had Stahl pinned against the fence multiple times during their Fight Pass “Prelims” tilt, and eventually found the finish, scoring with a heat-seeking right hand that crippled Stahl at the 4:25 mark of round one.

For complete coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 80: “Namajunas vs. VanZant” fight card, including live updates and play-by-play, click here.

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Lorenz Larkin to meet Santiago Ponzinibbio at Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale

Lorenz Larkin will try to get on a roll in his new division in June.

Larkin, who moved down from middleweight to welterweight in his last fight, takes on Santiago Ponzinibbio at the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale on June 27 in Sao Paulo, MMAFighting.com confirmed with the UFC on Saturday. Combate was the first to report the bout.

Larkin initially tweeted that the bout would be at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1, but his manager Audie Attar told MMAFighting.com it would be at the TUF Brazil 4 Finale.

Larkin (15-4, 1 NC) starched John Howard in his 170-pound debut in just 2:17 at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston. The Riverside, Calif., native competed in Strikeforce at light heavyweight and has spent most of his UFC career at middleweight up until now. Larkin, 28, lost three in a row at 185 before knocking out Howard. He has a chance to make a lot of noise fighting at his more natural weight.

Ponzinibbio (20-2) has won two of his three fights in the UFC with the lone loss coming against ranked welterweight Ryan LaFlare. The Argentina native defeated Sean Strickland by unanimous decision in his last fight in February. He also owns a knockout win over Wendell Oliveira. Ponzinibbio, 28, is a TUF Brazil 2 alum.

The TUF Brazil 4 Finale does not yet have an official main event. A welterweight bout between Erick Silva and Rick Story is likely for the card and could headline.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio open to quick turnaround, eyes UFC 180 card in Mexico

BRASILIA, Brazil — The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio finally returned to the Octagon, and he impressed in his welterweight bout against Wendell Oliveira.

Ponzinibbio, who had multiple injuries that forced him out of three different UFC cards, including the TUF: Brazil 2 Finale spot against Leonardo Santos, stopped Oliveira in 80 seconds during the UFC Fight Night 51 card on Saturday night, and he wants to show more of his arsenal as soon as possible.

“I didn’t fight in my debut. I wasn’t the Santiago I could have been,” Ponzinibbio told MMAFighting.com about his UFC debut against Ryan LaFlare in November 2013. “This time, I showed who I am. And I have a lot more to show. I had several injuries that kept me sidelined.  But I’m back, and I’m happy.”

The Argentine welterweight was initially scheduled to take on grappling wizard Sergio Moraes in Brasilia, but the jiu-jitsu black belt was replaced by Oliveira due to a knee injury.

“I had to change my strategy a bit, but I had a great training camp at American Top Team with Gleison Tibau and ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. My camp was great,” he said. “I was training for a grappler and they changed my opponent for a striker, but I was ready. I really wanted to fight.”

Ponzinibbio will return to Florida for his next training camp, and he eyes the upcoming UFC card in Mexico, on Nov. 15, for his return to the cage.

“I would do it. I can fight again in November, no doubt about it. I just want to fight,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of bad stuff recently, so I just want to get in there and fight.”

With the UFC targeting the Latin America market for future cards in 2015, Ponzinibbio wants to be one of the faces of those events.

“The UFC is growing a lot in Latin America, and I was the first Argentine in the UFC,” he said. “Having the opportunity to fight in the UFC opened a lot of doors for me, and I’m glad to be here. It motivates me a lot.”

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