Santiago Ponzinibbio

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Santiago Ponzinibbio
Born (1986-09-26) September 26, 1986 (age 32)
La Plata, Argentina
Other namesGente Boa , El Rasta
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[2]
StyleKickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout15
By submission6
By decision6
By knockout2
By decision1
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 November 20, 2018, he is #7 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.[4]

Biography and career[edit]

He was born in Argentina to parents of Italian heritage, with paternal grandparents from Sicily. Ponzinibbio began training kickboxing when he was 13 years old growing up in Argentina. Ponzinibbio became interested in MMA, but his native country wasn't able to provide gyms to train it. Due to that, Ponzinibbio traveled to Florianopolis, Brazil, where he lived the first five months in a tent on a beach, doing some odd jobs to try make the ends meet. Meanwhile, he trained at several nearby gyms.[5] He turned professional in 2008 competing in regional promotions in South America. He currently resides in South Florida with his girlfriend, Jackie.

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil[edit]

In March 2013, it was revealed that Ponzinibbio was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.[6] 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.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ponzinibbio faced Ryan LaFlare on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[8] LaFlare won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Ponzinibbio was briefly linked to a bout with Jordan Mein on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[10] However, Ponzinibbio was scratched from the bout and replaced by Hernani Perpetuo.[11]

Ponzinibbio was expected to face Ildemar Alcântara on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175. However, Ponzinibbio was forced out of the bout with a knee injury.[12] He was replaced by Kenny Robertson.[13]

Ponzinibbio was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51.[14] However, Moraes pulled out of the bout citing a lingering knee injury and was replaced by Wendell Oliveira.[15] Ponzinibbio defeated Oliveira by TKO in the first round.[16]

Ponzinibbio faced Sean Strickland on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[17] Ponzinibbio won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Ponzinibbio next faced Lorenz Larkin on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70.[19] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round and earned a Fight of the Night bonus.[20][21]

Ponzinibbio faced Andreas Ståhl on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[22] He won the bout via TKO in the first round.[23]

Ponzinibbio faced Court McGee on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[24] He won the bout via TKO in the first round.[25]

Ponzinibbio next faced Zak Cummings on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Ponzinibbio faced Nordine Taleb on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105.[28] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[29]

Ponzinibbio faced Gunnar Nelson on July 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113.[30] He won the fight by knockout in the first round, becoming the first man to finish Nelson by knockout in MMA competition.[31] The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[32] 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.”[33] 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."[34]

Ponzinibbio faced Mike Perry on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos.[35] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[36]

Ponzinibbio was expected to face Kamaru Usman on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[37] However, on April 21, 2018 Ponzinibbio announced he was injured and pulled from the card.[38]

Ponzinibbio faced Neil Magny on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[39] He won the fight via knockout.[40] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[41]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–3 Neil Magny KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio November 17, 2018 4 2:36 Buenos Aires, Argentina Performance of the Night.
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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Machida vs. Romero". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bigfoot vs. Mir". Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Santiago Ponzinibbio - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  5. ^ Marc Raimondi (November 17, 2018). "After risking everything for MMA, Santiago Ponzinibbio comes back home at UFC Argentina".
  6. ^ "TUF: Brazil 2 debuts on March 17 with Brazil's top 28 welterweights". March 7, 2013. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff (2013-06-09). "'TUF: Brazil 2' show bonuses: Season champ Leonardo Santos earns an extra $25K". Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 24, 2013). "Santiago Ponzinibbio meets Ryan Laflare at UFC Fight Night 32". Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Michael Drahota (2013-11-10). "UFC Fight Night 32 results recap: Ryan LaFlare vs Santiago Ponzinibbio fight review and analysis". Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  10. ^ Staff (2014-02-07). "Jordan Mein vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio slated for UFC on FOX 11". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  11. ^ Jamie Penick (2014-02-27). "Jordan Mein gets new opponent for UFC on Fox 11 in Hernani Perpetuo". Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  12. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-06-04). "Santiago Ponzinibbio injured, out of UFC 175 fight against Ildemar Alcantara". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  13. ^ Staff (2014-06-09). "Ponzinibbio out, Kenny Robertson now meets Ildemar Alcantara at UFC 175". Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  14. ^ Staff (2014-07-22). "September's UFC Fight Night 51 event in Brasilia adds four bouts". Retrieved 2014-07-22.
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  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio tops Sean Strickland in 'FOTN' contender". Retrieved 2015-02-22.
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  28. ^ Cody Rempel (2016-12-15). "Theodorou, Taleb and Ricci Added to UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  29. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio scores unanimous win over Nordine Taleb". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
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