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Peso welter Division

Activo

"Argentine Dagger"

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Peso welter Division

30-7-0 (W-L-D)

16

Victorias por nocaut

6

Gana por Sumisión

14

Primeros acabados redondos

Santiago Ponzinibbio

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Learn more about Santiago Ponzinibbio's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Activo
Ciudad natal
Argentina
Trenes en
American Top Team ATT Coconut Creek, FL
Estilo de lucha
Striker
Años
37
Alto
72.00
Peso
170.00
Debut del octágono
Nov. 9, 2013
Alcance
73.00
Alcance de la pierna
40.50
  • Team Nogueira member on TUF Brazil 2
     
  • Broke his forearm in semifinal bout on TUF Brazil 2 and was unable to compete in the finals.
     
  • Pro since 2008
     
  • 16 wins by KO, six by submission (2 guillotine, armbar, kimura, RNC, undisclosed choke) - 73% finish rate
     
  • Has won 11 of his last 16
     
  • Lone pre-UFC loss came against UFC vet Leonardo Mafra in 2011
     
  • 14 first round finishes

UFC 287 (4/8/23) Ponzinibbio was knocked out by Kevin Holland at 3:16 of the third round 

UFC 282 (12/10/22) Ponzinibbio knocked out Alex Morono at 2:29 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (5/21/22) Ponzinibbio lost a three round split decision to Michel Pereira

UFC 269 (12/11/21) Ponzinibbio lost a three round split decision to Geoff Neal

UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Miguel Baeza

UFC on ABC (1/16/21) Ponzinibbio was knocked out by Li Jingliang at 4:25 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (11/17/18) Ponzinibbio knocked out Neil Magny at 2:36 of the fourth round

UFC on FOX (12/16/17) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Mike Perry

UFC Fight Night (7/16/17) Ponzinibbio stopped Gunnar Nelson via strikes at 1:22 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (2/19/17) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Nordine Taleb

UFC Fight Night (8/6/16) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Zak Cummings

UFC on FOX (4/16/16) Ponzinibbio stopped Court McGee via strikes at 4:15 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (12/10/15) Ponzinibbio stopped Andreas Stahl via strikes at 4:25 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (6/27/15) Ponzinibbio was stopped by Lorenz Larkin via strikes at 3:07 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (2/22/15) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Sean Strickland

UFC Fight Night (9/13/14) Ponzinibbio knocked out Wendell Oliveira at 1:20 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (11/9/13) Ponzinibbio lost a three round unanimous decision to Ryan LaFlare

 

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, Season 2

On episode 12 (Semifinals) Ponzinibbio won a three round unanimous decision over Leonardo Santos

On episode 11 (Quarterfinals) Ponzinibbio won a unanimous decision over Cleiton Duarte

On episode seven, Ponzinibbio stopped Marcio Santos via strikes in the first round

On episode two, Ponzinibbio stopped Thiago Silva via strikes in the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started when I was 13 years old, after watching a Kickboxing class in a Gym in Argentina. I have always practiced sports, and this one in particular caught my attention. That was when I started training.

What professional titles have you held? I won four MMA titles in Brazil: Nitrix - Sao Jose Superfight - Insano - Black Monster. AJJ world champion, All-Argentina first division.

Any belts/ ranks in grappling disciplines? Black belt in BJJ

What has been your toughest fight to date and why? A fight of improvement was against Leonardo Santos in the semifinal of The Ultimate Fighter, the last fight within the TV show. We were already very stressed in the fourth fight in a period of a month. And I broke my arm two minutes into the first round, but I continued fighting for my dream, I managed to go the three rounds and win the fight. Although I had multiple fractures in my radius due to continuing to fight, I stayed mentally strong and came out the winner. I was the only one not to lose a fight on TUF and I took my contract with UFC and bonus for the best fight of the season with Santos and also the bonus for the best knockout of the season

Who is your favorite fighter and why? Jose Aldo, without a doubt, is one of my favorites.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, Physical Education (incomplete)

What was your job before you started fighting? I did just about everything. I taught, worked in security, was a doorman, assistant cook, books salesman. Just about everything you can think of.