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Watch: Ponzinibbio KO’s Magny To Stake Welterweight Claim

Santiago Ponzinibbio’s impressive rise through the UFC welterweight ranks continued apace on home soil last night.

The main event of UFC Argentina featured the country’s most prominent fighter, and the home favourite didn’t disappoint against a game UFC veteran in Neil Magny.

Boasting wins over the likes of Carlos Condit, former 170lb. champion Johny Hendricks, and Hector Lombard, Magny arrived in Buenos Aires hoping to move further into title contention from his number eight spot in the divisional rankings.

For his own part, Ponzinibbio had just defeated two impressive names in Gunnar Nelson and Mike Perry in his most recent outings.

The Argentine was in control for the majority of the bout, showcasing patience along with some sweet leg kicks to add to his already established boxing.

Likely the winner of the first three rounds, the 32-year-old stamped his authority on the fight in the fourth round.

It was actually a leg kick that set up the eventual finishing sequence. It left Magny hobbling as Santiago got to work with a few jabs before landing a cracking right hand to end it.

He spoke of his title ambitions in the post-fight interview, and is set to be propelled from his current 10th place ranking in the welterweight division.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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