Santiago Ponzinibbio will make his extended-awaited return to the Octagon up coming weekend at UFC Combat Island 7 live on ABC from inside of Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., as he satisfies welterweight veteran Li Jingliang on the most important card.
Ponzinibbio, who has been riddled with injuries and occupation setbacks about the past couple several years, has not competed considering the fact that a knockout gain above Neil Magny back in October of 2018. That victory introduced Ponzinibbio’s recent get streak to 7, but the 34-yr-aged has lost considerable momentum in the welterweight division thanks to his prolonged absence.
As Ponzinibbio returns to the pounds class two a long time later he finds himself in a various predicament than when he remaining. Just after taking out Magny to gain his seventh battle in a row Ponzinibbio was nearing title competition at 170 lbs .. Now, he’s battling to make it back into the rankings and verify he’s just as unsafe as right before. It’s one thing that Ponzinibbio doesn’t totally agree with thinking about he has not misplaced inside of of the Octagon considering that 2015, but he’s all set to go ahead and fight over and above the rankings.
“They removed me (from the rankings). Brian Ortega fought a few months following me and he’s nonetheless in the rankings and he was in the principal celebration (in opposition to The Korean Zombie). I requested, why is he in the rankings despite the inactivity? Why does he get a key function, and me (an unranked opponent in Jingliang)?” Ponzinibbio told BJPenn.com.
“Listen, I love Brian Ortega. I assume he warrants it, he showed to the globe he warrants it, he beat a man and ideally he turns into a winner. I don’t have something against him. It’s just our situation’s very identical. For this motive, I repeat, I believe the rankings are bullsh*t. I go within my cage and do my function. That’s it. I depict my culture and my people today from Argentina and from Latin American and I set a clearly show inside the cage, man.”
Ponzinibbio, who has produced an overall record of 9-2 considering the fact that his UFC debut back in 2013, would possible gain again a spot inside the division’s leading 10 if he’s in a position to knock Jingliang off at UFC Battle Island 7 subsequent weekend. Although Jingliang isn’t the major title the division has to give the Chinese fighter is 7-3 in his previous 10 UFC fights and offers an remarkable standup recreation that performs appropriate into Ponzinibbio’s strengths.
We shall see if the very long layoff has impacted Ponzinibbio’s existence inside of of the Octagon or if the Argentinian fighter is completely ready to takeover wherever he remaining off 26 months back.
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