Santiago Ponzinibbio KOs Gunnar Nelson At UFC Fight Night 113
The versatile talent has found success at an impressive clip since arriving to the sport's biggest stage back in 2012 as the 28-year-old has found victory in all but two of his nine showings inside the Octagon. The few setbacks he's suffered have come against elite-level fighters in hard-fought scraps, with each misstep proving to further Nelson's education.
On Sunday afternoon in Glasgow, Scotland, the SBG Ireland representative looked to take another step toward contention when he squared off with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113.
Nelson came into the main event tilt having notched back-to-back victories, and a win at The SSE Hydro Arena would very well serve to put him on the doorstep of the next level of competition in the crowded 170-pound ranks, but Ponzinibbio had much different plans. Brutal plans and wasted no time setting them in motion.
The two fighters engaged in a brief feeling out process on the feet in the opening minute of the first round until a right hand from the American Top Team fighter rocked Nelson. The Iceland native attempted to escape on wobbled legs, but Ponzinibbio hunted him down and continued to flurry. One clean left hook touched Nelson's chin and dropped dropped him hard on the canvas. After a two more punches for good measure the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
With all of Nelson's hype and buzz, Ponzinibbio's knockout victory will serve as a huge upset and should catapult the Argentinian up the welterweight ranks.
UFC Fight Night 113 Results:
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Gunna Nelson via KO (punches) Rd 1
Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision
Paul Felder def. Stevie Ray via KO (elbow) Rd 1
Jack Marshman def. Ryan Janes via unanimous decision
Khalil Rountree def. Paul Craig via KO (punches) Rd 1
Justin Willis def. James Mulheron via unanimous decision
Danny Roberts def. Bobby Nash via KO (punches) Rd 2
Alexandre Pantoja def. Neil Seery via submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3
Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward via KO (slam) Rd 1
Danny Henry def. Daniel Teymur via unanimous decision
Brett Johns def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision
Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos via TKO (punches and elbows) Rd 2
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