Santiago Ponzinibbio took out the UFC’s #8 ranked welterweight yesterday at UFC Fight Night 113, and now the heavy handed fighter has his sights set on the #6 and #5 positioned contenders…
As you’ve likely heard, or saw, Ponzinibbio took on Gunnar Nelson in the event’s headliner. The latter landed a couple of nice shots early on, but then Ponzinibbio tagged Nelson with a hard right, and it was all downhill from there (Nelson claims that an uncalled eye poke played a big part in the fight’s final moments).
Well, since Ponzinibbio has now won five in a row, and is coming off a win over the highly respected Nelson, another big fight is likely coming down the pipe. While talking about who he wants to face next, the rising Argentinian star had this to say afterwards (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I like this division,” Ponzinibbio said. “It’s got huge talent. I’d like to fight those guys, or anyone. I’ve been training very hard. It’s my fifth victory in the road. Neil Magny is a good match.”
“I’d like to fight the best strikers in the world, so people can understand I’m the best striker in the division,” he said. “OK, (Condit) hasn’t fought for a long time, but he is not a new guy. It’s a good match for people to see high-level striker.”
Either of those fights would make sense, and obviously striking enthusiasts would be pumped to see Ponzinibbio – Condit. But, it’s not clear right now when or if Condit will fight again. The rugged vet and longtime contenders has repeatedly talked about the possibility of retiring in recent years, and he’s coming off a quick submission loss to Demian Maia. That fight took place last August.
It will also be interesting to see what comes next for Nelson. Prior to facing Ponzinibbio, he was coming off impressive, submission wins over Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban.