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SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO

AGE

32

RECORD

27-3-0

REACH

73”

HEIGHT

6'0"

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

AMERICAN TOP TEAM

HOMETOWN

LA PLATA, ARGENTINA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT NOVEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 140 – VS NEIL MAGNY

RESULT – WON VIA 4th RD KO (PUNCH)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Ponzinibbio immediately takes the center. Ponzinibbio is putting pressure on Magny. Magny is moving on the outside. Both fighters are measuring their range. Double jab lands for Magny. Ponzinibbio explodes with a right hand, misses. Ponzinibbio lands a leg kick. Ponzinibbio explodes with the punches and lands a right hand! Ponzinibbio is confident. Stiff jab lands for Ponzinibbio. Magny already has the cut above his eye. Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio is very aggressive. Hard left hook lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio is controlling the fight. Leg kick lands for Magny. Halfway in, Ponzinibbio misses with the power right hand. Nice kick to the body lands for Magny. Ponzinibbio is throwing a lot of faints. Ponzinibbio is setting up the power right hand with the jab. Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Nice one-two combination lands for Magny. Magny is keeping his distance with the jab. 1 min to go, Ponzinibbio explodes and lands a two-punch combo! Magny has a hard time countering the attacks. Big right hand lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio is landing hard punches in the last seconds of the round! 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Rd 2 – Magny comes out aggressive and starts pushing forward with the jab. Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio continues with the pressure. Power leg kick drops Magny down! Ponzinibbio allows Magny to stand up. 1st min in, Ponzinibbio lands a straight left hand. Power right hand lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio is looking sharp. Another hard leg kick drops Magny down! Magny is back on his feet. Ponzinibbio is destroying the left leg of Magny. Magny is missing with the punches. Ponzinibbio is doing a good job keeping his distance. Halfway in, The referee stops the fight. The doctor came in to check the cut below the left eye of Ponzinibbio. The fight continues. Big jab lands for Ponzinibbio! Magny is moving backwards! Hard leg kick drops Magny down to the mat! Magny is back on his feet. Ponzinibbio is showing incredible power of his kicks. Ponzinibbio misses with the right hand over the top. 1 min to go, Magny shoots for a takedown. Ponzinibbio defends. Ponzinibbio continues with the pressure. Double jab lands for Ponzinibbio. Hard jab lands for Ponzinibbio! Magny has a hard time defending the straight punches. 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Rd 3 – Magny opens the round with a jab. Both fighters exchange jabs. Magny pushes with the right hand. Ponzinibbio responds with the counter left hand. Ponzinibbio continues with the pressure. Magny is switching stances. Another hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Both fighters exchange hard punches! 1st min in, Ponzinibbio lands a leg kick. Magny has a hard time moving! Magny is stuck against the fence. Ponzinibbio is landing hard punches over the top! Leg kick lands for Magny. Magny is desperately trying to keep his distance. Halfway in, Ponzinibbio is patient. Ponzinibbio is looking to land a big punch. Ponzinibbio explodes and lands a hard one-two combination! Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Magny is absorbing the shots. Hard front kick to the body lands for Magny! 1 min to go, Beautiful left hook lands for Ponzinibbio. Magny lands a couple of jabs. Both fighters are missing with the punches. 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Rd 4 – Magny opens the round with a jab. Right hand lands for Magny. Ponzinibbio responds with a stiff jab. Brutal leg kick drops Magny down once again! Magny is back on his feet. Magny shoots for a takedown, easily defended by Ponzinibbio. 1st mn in, Ponzinibbio is looking to explode with a right hand. Ponzinibbio fires another hard leg kick. Magny goes down! Magny is back on his feet. The left leg of Magny is completely destroyed. Ponzinibbio pushes forward and lands right hand. Ponzinibbio lands a leg kick. Magny goes down! Magny is back on his feet. The referee is looking closely. Ponzinibbio smells the blood and continues with the pressure. Nice jab lands for Magny. Brutal leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio closes the distance and connects with a hard overhand right!!! Magny goes down!!! Magny is knocked out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2017 UFC ON FOX 26 – VS MIKE PERRY

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Perry is flat on his feet. Ponzinibbio is moving left and right. Perry takes the center. Both fighters are patient. Hard kick to the body lands for Perry! Perry is looking to explode with the punches. 1st min in, Ponzinibbio is moving on the outside. Nice leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio. Jab to the body lands for Perry. Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Perry is showing nice head movement. Perry misses with the straight left hand. Both fighters are having a hard time connecting with the punches. Halfway in, Perry is holding his hands very low. Perry is swinging and missing. Ponzinibbio is busy with the jab. Hard kick to the body lands for Perry. Big right hand over the top lands for Perry! Perry is looking confident. Perry pushes with the right hand. Ponzinibbio ducks under and pushes Perry down to the mat. Perry is back on his feet. Ponzinibbio lands a hard right hand! Ponzinibbio is the aggressor. 1 min to go, Ponzinibbio is busy with the jab. Nice right hand lands for Ponzinibbio. Perry connects with a right hand over the top. 10-9 Perry

Rd 2 – Perry continues with the pressure. Perry is missing with the kicks. Leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio. Nice right hand lands for Perry. Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Perry catches the kick and initiates the clinch. Ponzinibbio separates. 1st min in, Perry connects with the left hand. Ponzinibbio is moving backwards. Perry initiates the clinch. Perry takes the body lock and scores a takedown. Ponzinibbio is back on his feet. Fighters are back in the center. Ponzinibbio is putting pressure on Perry. Ponzinibbio is busy with the jab. Perry is switching stances. Nice one-two combination lands for Ponzinibbio. Perry misses with the power uppercut. Halfway in, Perry pushes with the right hand. Ponzinibbio counters with the hard right hand! Big left hand lands for Ponzinibbio! Perry is hurt! Ponzinibbio pushes forward with the power punches! Another left hook lands for Ponzinibbio! Perry recovers and lands a jab to the body. Ponzinibbio is looking confident. Hard left hook lands for Ponzinibbio! Ponzinibbio unloads on Perry! Perry absorbs the shots well. Spinning back fist lands for Ponzinibbio! 1 min to go, Ponzinibbio is exploding with the punches and kicks! Ponzinibbio connects with a hard straight right hand and follows with the left hook! Perry is showing big heart. Perry lands a big right hand! Perry is putting pressure on Ponzinibbio! Big left hand lands for Ponzinibbio! 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Rd 3 – Perry opens the round with a leg kick. Ponzinibbio misses with the power right hand. Ponzinibbio is moving on the outside. Perry is putting hard pressure on Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio is slowing down. Perry is busy with the jab. Spinning back fist lands for Perry. 1st min in, Hard leg kick lands for Ponzinibbio! Stiff jab lands for Ponzinibbio. Nice one-two combination lands for Ponzinibbio. Perry connects with the hard right hand! Ponzinibbio is hurt! Perry pushes forward with the punches. Ponzinibbio counters with the hard spinning back fist! Perry goes down! Ponzinibbio pushes for a finish and takes the back of Perry! Perry is back on his feet. Ponzinibbio takes the body lock and pushes Perry down to the mat. Perry explodes back to his feet. Ponzinibbio takes the double leg and slams Perry down one again. Halfway in, Perry is back on his feet. Perry reverses the clinch position and takes the back of Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio separates from the clinch. Nice one-two combination lands for Ponzinibbio. Both fighters are looking tired. Ponzinibbio explodes with the one-two combination and lands. Ponzinibbio level changes and scores a double leg takedown. Ponzinibbio is in the guard position. Ponzinibbio makes a transition to the half guard position. 1 min to go, Perry is working for his way up. Ponzinibbio sets up the head lock. Ponzinibbio is landing with the left hand to the body. Perry is back on his feet. Ponzinibbio is exploding with the punches! 10- 9 Ponzinibbio

WATCH FIGHT

JULY 2017 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 113 – VS GUNNAR NELSON

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Ponzinibbio starts putting pressure on Nelson. Nelson explodes and lands a right hand! Nelson takes the center. Both fighters are throwing a lot of faints. Hard step in left hook lands for Nelson! Nelson is looking confident. Ponzinibbio connects with the hard right hand! Nelson is hurt! Ponzinibbio explodes with the punches! Ponzinibbio connects with the hard left hand!!! Nelson goes down!!! Nelson is knocked out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

 

LAST FIGHT FEBRUARY 2017 – VS NORDINE TALEB

RESULT – WON VIA 3 RD UN DEC

Analysis
Taleb first fight in 11 months after torn groin. Rd 1 – SP looking extremely light and nimble on the feet, patient start from both. 30 seconds in nothing thrown. SP seems to be searching for an angle. Taleb hard leg kick. Leg kick, jab for Taleb. Jab to the body. 90 seconds in. SP tries to establish jab. Hard leg kick. Straight to the body They exchange jabs. Halfway. SP still dancing on the outside. First SP power punch misses. Taleb landing the leg kicks. 2 mins to go. Taleb head kick blocked, inside leg kick lands. SP starting to close distance more. Left kick is caught, Taleb rushes SP backing him yo the cage, landing a quick 1 2 before exiting the picket. SP coming forward again, trying to time the right cross, misses. 1 min. Taleb lands a couple more leg kicks. SP jab getting through, Talebs nose looking sore. Taleb sneak a right cross through. SP starting to find his timing. Taleb landing a few more leg kicks, 1 is checked. 10 – 9 Taleb.

Rd 2 – Jab to the body lands, head kick blocked. Taleb continues to work his kicking game on the outside. SP landing his jab with more regularity. SP closing distance better, backing Taleb to the cage, before executing his boxing. SP bloodied Talebs nose. 2 mins gone. SP pressuring stating to end his boxing with kicks. Taleb still game, superman punch just misses. Taleb continues to land the leg kicks, but its allowing SP to land his jab. 1 2 drops Taleb! SP moves in, controlling in top position, elbows land. SP being very active. He was able to do good damage in half guard. 10 – 9 Ponzinibbio.

Rd 3 – SP pressuring throwing and landing straights. SP footwork still crisp. Landing and moving with more ease now. SP countering the predictable leg kicks now. 2 mns to go. SP leads total strikes with 2 mins to go 58 – 44. SP pressuring hard right cross gets it, Head kick lands also. SP power and speed seem to of increased. Jab continuing to land regularly. 2 mins to go. Taleb only landing hard leg kicks. Counter right crosses landing for SP. Taleb starting to land his jab 4/5 land ending it with leg kicks. 1 min to go. Taleb starting to counter and a couple big shots lands, 1 looks to stun SP. SP back to pressuring right cross lands flush. SP jab has finished Talebs nose, but its Taleb landing his jab again to end the round, leaving SP bloodied. Good round. 10 – 9 SP.

AUGUST 2016 – VS ZAK CUMMINGS

RESULT – WON VIA 3 RD UN DEC

Analysis
Rd 1 – Cummings takes the middle, misses with the body kick but lands the leg kick. Cummings stepping forward throwing straights, but SP avoids. Cummings with the better stand up in the early proceedings, Cummings looking very light on the feet. SP connects with an overhand right. Excellent takedown defence from SP, looked like Cummings had it. Overhand right lands. OH MASSIVE Head kick lands for SP, How is Cummings still standing, he follows it up with right and left hooks to the head. Jab lands for SP. Right straight lands for SP, as he slips Cummings counter, exiting the pocket. Wheel kick from Cummings misses, he follows it up with a great level change temporarily getting the takedown but SP straight back up. 10 – 9 Ponzinibbio.

Rd 2 – Cummings with the urgency. SP with good feints, matching Cummings aggression. Cummings lands 2 straights flush. SP targeting the body, showing his hand speed. Counter right lands. Both men continue to throw power, tagging eachother. Cummins throwing single strikes where as SP tends to throw multiple or exit the pocket immediately after throwing a single. Counter right and right straight lands time and time again for SP. 10 – 9 Ponzinibbio.

Rd 3 – Cummins shot for a double is stopped again, and he lands a right counter. SP pushing the pace. SP using his jab. Couple hard straights land on Cummings, great lateral movement by SP. SP starting to beat up Cummings now. Cummings displaying an excellent chin, and durability. 10 – 9 Ponzinibbio.

APRIL 2016 – VS COURT MCGEE

RESULT – WON VIA 1ST RD TKO PUNCHES

Analysis
Rd 1 – McGee immediately comes forward charging looking for a single leg that’s stopped. Straight right lands twice. Left kick to the body. SP stops double leg attempt. Power leg kick, stumbles McGee. McGee lands 2 more right straights as he walks SP down. Takedown stopped again. Big Overhand right tags and hurts McGee. SP continues to throw hard shots to the body and legs, as he walks McGee down. SP jab is on point as it lands time and time again. Another overhand right lands for McGee. Counter left lands for SP. McGee continues to land, as SP tries to slip. BIG Overhand right drops McGee and has him in all sorts of trouble!! Hes back up but dazed, SP continues the power punching and McGee crumbles to the ground, just as the Ref steps in.

DEC 2015- VS ANDREAS STAHL

RESULT – WON VIA 1ST RD TKO PUNCHES

Analysis
Rd 1 – SP on the front food, stalking Stahl. SP looking light on his feet. Excellent entry and timing on the single leg takedown from Stahl, but SP quickly scrambles back up, and throws a big overhand that just misses. Jab and strong leg kick land for SP. Stahl covering up circling, SP starting to unleash hooks to the covering up Stahl, who lands a sweetly timed uppercut, that SP walks through. Jab leg kick combo lands again. Superb entry and double leg takedown this time for Stahl. Again, he struggles to maintain top position as SP bounces straight back up. SP hands starting to lower. Stahl exploding in short single strike bursts, tags SP with a lead uppercut. Stahls lack of head movement is stating to cost him, as SP comes forward and 2 straights followed by an overhand rocks Stahl. SP working his jab very well. SP unleashing another punching combo, finishing with a leg kick, as Stahl covers up. SP continues to land body shots. Stahl high kick blocked. SP continues to land and test the chin. OHH BIG Overhand right drops and sleeps Stahl. Great technical striking performance.

RECORD BREAKDOWN

30 MATCHES 27 WINS 3 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 15 2
SUBMISSION 6 0
DECISION 6 1
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Ponzinibbio is the aggressive standup fighter with strong kickboxing and wrestling skills.
  • Ponzinibbio is training at American Top Team with some of the best fighters in the world.
  • As of the Magny fight, Ponzinibbio had 90% of strikes from distance (highest in UFC WW history).
  • As of the Magny fight, Ponzinibbio had 2nd longest active win streak in UFC WW division (6).
  • Ponzinibbio has brutal leg kicks. He was constantly throwing hard leg kicks against Magny and nearly ended the fight with the leg kicks. The left leg of Magny was completely destroyed.
  • Ponzinibbio has a lot of power in his right hand as seen against Magny and Nelson.
  • Ponzinibbio has very good spinning technics. He dropped Perry with the perfectly timed spinning back fist.
  • Against Perry, Ponzinibbio had a hard time fighting under the pressure.
  • Ponzinibbio likes to walk down his opponents. He is always putting hard pressure as seen against Magny.
  • Ponzinibbio is not saving his energy. Everything he throws has a lot of power behind it. He was constantly throwing power shots against Perry. However, he was slowing down rapidly in the third round.