‘People Want to See Blood’- Santiago Ponzinibbio Wants to Beat Up Belal Muhammad and Teach Him a Lesson to Keep His Mouth Shut

Published 08/15/2021, 10:35 AM EDT


UFC welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio spoke to MMA Fighting and provided a timeline for his return to the cage. ‘The Argentine Dagger’ recently made his long-awaited comeback to fighting after suffering a serious of debilitating injuries. Chiefly, his first fight back ended in a loss to ‘The Leech’ Li Jing Liang. However, he made good on his very next fight.

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Ponzinibbio engaged in an all-out slugfest against Miguel Baeza back in June and left it all inside the cage. Baeza put forth some good looks and landed some heavy shots, however, the savvy veteran in Ponzinibbio came out on top. Now, he’s eyeing a September 2021 return and has one name on his mind as he gears up for competition.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Belal Muhammad Is it the fight to make?

‘The Argentine Dagger’ fired shots at the ever-outspoken welterweight fighter, Belal Muhammad. Muhammad is currently ranked number 9 and Ponzinibbio would like to exchange his number 13 ranking with Belal Muhammad. Moreover, there appears to be some heat between the two men, as Ponzinibbio isn’t fond of Muhammad’s outspoken nature.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina punches Li Jingliang of China in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I want to fight soon – September. There are plenty of guys that are just waiting, but these days I saw Belal calling out Magny for the September 25 card. Brother, I think that’s a great fight [for me]. [Muhammad] was always ranked behind me, and he called me out a couple of fights ago,” he continued.

“He asked to fight me when I wasn’t fighting, he talked about me. Since he’s all that brave and mentioned my name, I want to see if he really is that brave.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (L-R) Belal Muhammad punches Lyman Good in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“It can be on that card.” Ponzinibbio said of UFC 266 in Las Vegas. “Or we can do a main event – a five-round fight to beat him up a lot so he learns to keep his mouth shut. It would be entertaining for the company.”

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”I think it’s a good matchup. I was there, watching it live. People want to see blood and punches to the face, and I’ll give them that.” [h/t BJ Penn.com]

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It seems as though Belal Muhammad’s high activity rate on Twitter has been irksome for Ponzinibbio who wants to scrap. Given his willingness to trade in the pocket, their scrap will most certainly be one for the ages. Neither man is willing to relent and there’s a lot on the line in terms of entry into the title picture.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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