Another Exciting Fight Added to UFC 269 as Santiago Ponzinibbio Returns to UFC Action

Published 10/12/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


After an action-packed pay-per-view event, the UFC is back with another exciting event, UFC 269. The pay-per-view will feature three amazing title fights. Dustin Poirier will clash against Charles Oliveira for lightweight gold in the main event. Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes will defend her women’s bantamweight gold against Julianna Pena. The flyweight title bout between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueredo will also feature on the main card.

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Interestingly, the UFC has added another welterweight bout to the card. The Argentine fighter, Santiago Ponzinibbio, will make his return to action at one of the biggest UFC events this year. He will take on one of the top 10 fighters Geoff Neal from the welterweight roster inside the octagon.

MMA Junkie broke out the news on their official Instagram account after both the fighters agreed to the bout. This is the first time both the welterweight fighters will feature on the fight card of such a big event.

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Neal is currently #10 in the welterweight roster. He quickly laddered the ranks by winning six straight fights after his debut. However, ‘Handz of Steel’ is currently on a two-fight skid and will look to bounce back in the win column.

On the other hand, the Argentine fighter Ponzinibbio has an amazing UFC career under his name. He is fresh from his recent win over Miguel Baeza on June 2021. The ‘Argentine Dragger’ will look for ways to be in the win column with a win over Neal. Here is a brief look at Ponzinibbio’s journey in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio: UFC Journey

The 29-4 record holder has an impressive professional fighting career under his name. The 35-year-old is a skilled finisher with fifteen knockout wins and six submission wins under his name.

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‘The Argentine Dragger’ was on an amazing eight-fight undefeated streak before his UFC debut. However, he lost his debut fight in the promotion in 2013. He was 2-2 until 2017. Interestingly, the Argentine striker went on winning back-to-back fights and was unbeaten in seven straight fights. He made his mark in the welterweight division with his improved performances.

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Ponzinibbio has won seven out of his ten fights in the UFC via a finish. He is one of the surging strikers in the division and is currently #12 on the roster. He will look for a win in his next fight against Geoff Neal to cement his position in the welterweight gold race.

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What are your thoughts about the big event? What are your early predictions for the fights? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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