September 26, 1986|
La Plata, Argentina
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Santiago Ponzinibbio (born September 26, 1986) is an Argentine mixed martial artist competing as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of July 26, 2018, he is #10 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Biography and career
He was born in Argentina to parents of Italian heritage, with a paternal grandfather from Sicily. Ponzinibbio began training kickboxing when he was 13 years old growing up in Argentina. He began training mixed martial arts and turned professional in 2008 competing in regional promotions in South America.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
In March 2013, it was revealed that Ponzinibbio was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2. He won his elimination fight to get into the TUF house, defeating Thiago Silva by TKO in round 1. He was chosen to be a member of Team Nogueira. Over the course of the show, Ponzinibbio defeated Marcio Santos by TKO and Cleiton Duarte by unanimous decision to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, he defeated Leonardo Santos by unanimous decision. However, Ponzinibbio broke his hand during this semifinal fight and was replaced by Santos in the finals against William Macário. The semifinal-round fight with Santos, however, was picked as the Fight of the Season, and his finish of Marcio Santos earned Knockout of the Season which earned Ponzinibbio $50,000 bonuses.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ponzinibbio was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51. However, Moraes pulled out of the bout citing a lingering knee injury and was replaced by Wendell Oliveira. Ponzinibbio defeated Oliveira by TKO in the first round.
Ponzinibbio faced Gunnar Nelson on July 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113. He won the fight by knockout in the first round, becoming the first man to finish Nelson by knockout in MMA competition. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award. At the post fight press conference, Nelson claimed that Ponzinibbio poked him in the eye during an earlier exchange and caused him to see double, stating “I really should have said something because I was seeing double for the rest of the fight. He caught me with a shot that I didn’t really see.” Ponzinibbio dismissed Nelson's claim and stated "I went there to knock him out and thank God it went as expected, I won by knockout. If (the eye poke) happened, of course it wasn’t intentional, but I watched the video again and didn’t see it."
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||26 wins||3 losses|
|Win||26–3||Mike Perry||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||25–3||Gunnar Nelson||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||July 16, 2017||1||1:22||Glasgow, Scotland||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||24–3||Nordine Taleb||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne||February 19, 2017||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||23–3||Zak Cummings||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres||August 6, 2016||3||5:00||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||22–3||Court McGee||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||April 16, 2016||1||4:15||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||21–3||Andreas Ståhl||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant||December 10, 2015||1||4:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||20–3||Lorenz Larkin||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero||June 27, 2015||2||3:07||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||20–2||Sean Strickland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir||February 22, 2015||3||5:00||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Win||19–2||Wendell Oliveira||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||1||1:20||Brasília, Brazil|
|Loss||18–2||Ryan LaFlare||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||3||5:00||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||18–1||Cleiton Duarte||Submission (guillotine choke)||Sao Jose Super Fight 2||June 9, 2012||1||2:38||São José, Brazil|
|Win||17–1||Sebastian Vidal||TKO (punches)||Insano Empalux - Grand Prix||March 2, 2012||1||2:12||São José, Brazil|
|Win||16–1||Diego Vieria||Submission (armbar)||Insano Empalux - Grand Prix||March 2, 2012||1||1:59||São José, Brazil|
|Win||15–1||William Dias||TKO (retirement)||Monster Black Combat||December 12, 2011||2||5:00||Rio Grande, Brazil|
|Win||14–1||Sebastian Vidal||TKO (punches)||Sao Jose Super Fight 2||October 1, 2011||1||2:00||São José, Brazil|
|Win||13–1||Lucas Nascimento||TKO (knee injury)||Nitrix Champion Fight 8||September 17, 2011||1||1:30||Joinville, Brazil|
|Win||12–1||Deivid Santos||KO (head kick)||Nitrix Champion Fight 8||September 17, 2011||3||0:15||Joinville, Brazil|
|Loss||11–1||Leonardo Mafra||TKO (punches)||Centurion Mixed Martial Arts 2||July 9, 2011||1||3:17||Itajai, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Geverson Pereira||Submission (choke)||Brazilian Fight League 9||November 6, 2010||1||0:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||10–0||Yuri Fraga||Decision (unanimous)||Amazon Fight 5||October 10, 2010||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||9–0||Felipe Santos||TKO (punches)||Expo Fighting Championship||August 21, 2010||1||4:25||Sorocaba, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Henrique Inseto||TKO (punches)||Hero Kombat||April 24, 2010||2||4:53||São Sebastião, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Ezequiel Ricci||Decision (unanimous)||Real Fights 7||March 27, 2010||3||5:00||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||6–0||Andrez Jimenez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Argentina Fighting Championships||December 27, 2009||1||3:12||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||5–0||Diego Lopez||Submission (guillotine choke)||Explosion Fight Night||November 1, 2009||1||2:31||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||4–0||Matias Sosa||Submission (kimura)||Real Fights 6||September 27, 2009||1||0:00||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||3–0||Emiliano Candau||TKO (punches)||Cupide del MMA 2||November 7, 2008||2||3:12||Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Win||2–0||Lucas Funes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cupide del MMA 1||October 5, 2009||1||1:30||Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Win||1–0||Gaston Micucci||KO (head kick)||Copa Desafio||July 19, 2008||3||3:13||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||4 wins||0 losses|
|Win||4–0||Leonardo Santos||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A(airdate)||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Semi-finals bout.|
|Win||3–0||Cleiton Duarte||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A (airdate)||2||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Quarter-finals bout.|
|Win||2–0||Márcio Santos||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A (airdate)||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Preliminary bout.|
|Win||1–0||Thiago Silva||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||March 17, 2013 (airdate)||2||N/A||São Paulo, Brazil||TUF: Brazil 2 house entry bout.|
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- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bigfoot vs. Mir". UFC.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
- "Santiago Ponzinibbio - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
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- Staff (2014-02-07). "Jordan Mein vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio slated for UFC on FOX 11". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- Jamie Penick (2014-02-27). "Jordan Mein gets new opponent for UFC on Fox 11 in Hernani Perpetuo". mmatorch.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
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- Staff (2014-06-09). "Ponzinibbio out, Kenny Robertson now meets Ildemar Alcantara at UFC 175". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
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- Staff (2014-12-22). "Ponzinibbio-Strickland at UFC Fight Night 61". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio tops Sean Strickland in 'FOTN' contender". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-04-25). "Lorenz Larkin to meet Santiago Ponzinibbio at Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-06-27). "UFC Fight Night 70 results: Lorenz Larkin batters Santiago Ponzinibbio for TKO". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
- Tristen Critchfield (2015-06-27). "UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Romero, Larkin, Ponzinibbio, and Santos pocket $50K Awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
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- Staff (2016-02-16). "Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio slated for UFC on FOX 19 in Florida". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio's thudding shots stop Court McGee in first". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Staff (2016-06-15). "UFC Fight Night 92 gets five new fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
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- Cody Rempel (2016-12-15). "Theodorou, Taleb and Ricci Added to UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax". topmmanews.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- Steven Marrocco (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio scores unanimous win over Nordine Taleb". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- Marc Raimondi (2017-05-12). "Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio to headline UFC Fight Night 113". mmafighting. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
- Dave Doyle (2017-07-16). "UFC Fight Night 113 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio knocks out Gunnar Nelson". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
- "UFC Fight Night 113 bonuses: Santiago Ponzinibbio leads $50,000 winners with upset KO". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
- "Nelson: I Was Seeing Double After Early Eye Poke". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
- "Ponzinibbio Dismisses Eye-Poke Accusations In Rout Of Nelson". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
- "Santiago Ponzinibbio enfrenta Mike Perry no UFC On Fox 26". MMA Brasil (in Portuguese). 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
- "UFC on FOX 26 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio edges Mike Perry in 3-round thriller". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Ariel Helwani (2018-03-23). "Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kamaru Usman scheduled for UFC Chile main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- "UFC Chile main, co-main events fall apart with Santiago Ponzinibbio, Volkan Oezdemir out". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.