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Mike Brown: Santiago Ponzinibbio is ready to fight again

Santiago Ponzinibbio is expecting an Octagon return in the near future.

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An extended period of inactivity has forced Argentina native, Santiago ‘Gente Boa’ Ponzinibbio from the welterweight ranks of the UFC. The submission-specialist has managed nine Octagon wins in his brief stint with the promotion – seven coming in his last seven outings in fact. A countless string of injuries has prevented the 33-year-old from making a blitz toward the top of the division – and a staph infection ruled him from a UFC 245 pairing with Robbie Lawler.

According to Ponzinibbo’s head coach, and American Top Team leader, Mike Brown – the La Plata native is close to a return to action. Brown spoke with Colin Crandall from the MMA Power Hour at Thursday’s UFC 248 Media Day – where he revealed Ponzinibbio has targeted an Octagon return soon.


I think he’s (Santiago Ponzinibbio) about ready to fight, he wants to,” Brown said. “He’s looking to compete again. He had a long layoff, he had an injury – an infection. He’s coming off a huge win – looked great in South America in the main event against Neil Magny, a beautiful performance. It’s a shame he’s had to sit out this time – but he’s been in the gym now for quite some time, getting back in shape, training, trying to improve. I think it’s about time for him to sign a fight – I think he’s looking to do that right now.

Ponzinibbio last competed in November 2018, securing a penultimate round stoppage of Neil Magny – adding to prior victories over Mike Perry, grappling ace, Gunnar Nelson, and Zak Cummings. The Florida resident is one of the best well-rounded competitors within the welterweight ranks – holding twenty-one stoppages and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

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