Santiago Ponzinibbio Knocks Out Gunnar Nelson in UFC Fight Night 113 Headliner

Santiago Ponzinibbio Knocks Out Gunnar Nelson in UFC Fight Night 113 Headliner

Santiago Ponzinibbio Knocks Out Gunnar Nelson in UFC Fight Night 113 Headliner

In the UFC Fight Night 113 Scotland main event, Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a welterweight fight.

Nelson, a teammate of UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, was looking to improve on his two-fight win streak inside the Octagon.

"I see myself knocking him out", Ponzinibbio said. In terms of total strikes, the two punches that hurt and then knocked out Nelson were the only ones Ponzinibbio was credited for.

Pushing forward, Nelson walked right int straight from fright Ponzinibbio, putting him on wobbly legs. He measured his shots before unleashing a perfectly timed left straight down the middle that blasted the Icelandic welterweight and sent him crashing to the mat. Sticking to the outside Nelson immediately took a wide stance as Ponzinibbio bounced stalked him toward the fence.

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"When I look back to where it all began, I'm glad I started when I did, and I'm glad it started that way", the Dubliner said afterwards. "This is my job. And that was like that until I remember standing up and the fight was over". "I want to fight the very best because I don't want there to be any question that I'm the best in the world, and that's what I want to become".

Nelson has won his last two fights, earning performance of the night honors in both of them. I am the best striker in this division.

"I face every opponent as the most important fight of my life because we have to be successful in order to continue growing", Ponzinibbio said. Come on UFC, I am ready. Referee Grant Waterman intervened at the 3:57 mark, giving the 32-year-old Roufusport product the ninth knockout of his career.

The welterweight division is notoriously a snake pit, where it's tough to string together several wins in a row, but if the fighters at 170 pounds didn't have an eye on Ponzinibbio before now, he certainly made everyone pay attention to him with this victory. During the opening exchanges, Ponzinibbio (25-3) rocked Nelson (16-3-1) with a big right hand and started throwing a combination against the stunned Icelander.

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