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Santiago Ponzinibbio Face Plants Neil Magny with Brutal Fourth Round KO

A new welterweight contender has officially emerged in Argentina’s own Santiago Ponzinibbio.

In front of a home audience on Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Ponzinibbio absolutely battered Neil Mangy for three plus rounds before finishing the fight with a jaw-dropping face plant knockout in the main event

While the fight took place at nearly 3 a.m. local time, the Argentinean audience was alive and well to root on Ponzinibbio in arguably his most complete performance in the UFC.

Ponzinibbio set the pace early by establishing his lead jab that was constantly popping Magny in the eye and giving him some vision problems during those exchanges. Magny continued to move and circle away from Ponzinibbio’s power hand but he just couldn’t seem to get his offense going.

Ponzinibbio remained in control throughout the opening round, mixing in some stinging leg kicks and then ending the five minute session with a flurry of power punches against the cage.

Magny was able to get a faster start in the second round as he quickly took the center of the Octagon at the urging of his corner. Unfortunately it was short lived success with Ponzinibbio absolutely punishing his lead leg with a series of brutal kicks.

The fight was paused momentarily after it appeared that an accidental head butt caused a laceration on Ponzinibbio’s eye lid but the doctor made a quick check and allowed him to continue.

From there it was all Ponzinibbio with a punishing attack with a continued assault on that lead leg while also going up high with that left jab that constantly found a home on Magny’s right eye.

The third round saw more of the same with Ponzinibbio acting as the aggressor, walking Magny down and just unloading with a huge barrage of punches and then battering that lead leg with kicks.

As time ticked away, Magny was noticeably limping on the leg that was being absolutely eaten alive by Ponzinibbio’s kicks.

Finally in the fourth round, Ponzinibbio’s assault dropped Magny to the mat several times with those same vicious leg kicks. Still, Magny was allowed to continue but the end was near after the last knock down.

Ponzinibbio once again had Magny trapped up against the cage and that’s when he uncorked a brutal overhand right that blasted the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ contender and sent him face first into the canvas.

Referee Herb Dean rushed into stop the fight with the end coming at 2:36 into the fourth round.

Following a huge win in his home country, Ponzinibbio was quick to call his shot as he hopes to bring the UFC welterweight title back to Argentina in 2019.

“This right hand will KO everyone in the division. I’m the next world champion. 2019, the belt will come to Argentina,” Ponzinibbio shouted.

“Tyron [Woodley], I knock out you, I am the next champion.”

It’s unlikely that Ponzinibbio will get a title shot in his next fight but he’s definitely put his name into the contender’s race with this latest statement victory. He’ll likely be staring at a top five opponent when he makes his return in 2019 following his knockout win on Saturday night.

LFA 54 Results & Highlights: Sabina Mazo Dominates in Flyweight Title Defense

LFA 54 Fight Highlights

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Friday’s LFA 54: Mazo vs. Yariwaki was headlined by women’s flyweight champion Sabina Mazo (6-0), who dominated challenger Carol Yariwaki (7-3) for five rounds to win a unanimous decision victory (50-45, 50-44, 50-44).

In the night’s co-main event, Moses Murrietta landed a highlight-reel knockout against Sidiah Parker (19-8) in the second round, while rising middleweight star Kailan Hill (4-0) scored an 11-second spinning back-fist knockout against Andre Walker (4-2) in early action.

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Legacy Fighting Alliance returns to Dallas for LFA 55 featuring a bantamweight title fight when top undefeated prospect Miles Johns battles fellow top contender Adrian Yanez for the vacant title. The co-headliner will feature a women’s bantamweight title fight when regional queenpin Sarah “Too Sweet” Alpar faces Panamanian superstar Joselyne “La Pantera” Edwards for the inaugural title on Friday, Nov. 30 at The Bomb Factory.

LFA 54: Mazo vs. Yariwaki Results

  • Main Event – Flyweight Title Fight – Sabina Mazo (6-0) defeated Carol Yariwaki (7-3) by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44. 50-44).
  • Middleweight Fight – Moses Murrietta (8-1) knocked out  Sidiah Parker (19-8) at 4:33 in round two.
  • Bantamweight Fight – Vince Cachero (6-0) defeated Joe Murphy (8-5) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Lightweight Fight – Jacob Rosales (10-4) defeated Ricardo Seixas (7-2) via TKO (punches) at 1:56 in round one.
  • Heavyweight Fight – Irvins Ayala (2-0) defeated Mitchell Sipe (4-1) via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:04 in round one.
  • Middleweight Fight – Kailan Hill (4-0) knocked out Andre Walker (4-2) via spinning back-fist at 0:11 in round one.

(Photo courtesy of Legacy Fighting Alliance and Amy Kaplan)

UFC Buenos Aires: Neil Magny – ‘I Bring It Every Single Fight’

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Welterweights Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio face off in the main event of UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires as the UFC heads to Argentina for the first time ever.

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Tune in Saturday, Nov. 17, for full UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Live Results at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.

Devin Powell Says UFC Buenos Aires Opponent Jesus Pinedo ‘Has to be Careful’

Devin Powell UFC on FOX 30 Highlights

After spending over a year off recovering from a gruesome injury, lightweight Devin Powell finally returned to action this past July with a first round TKO win over Alvaro Herrera at UFC on FOX 30.

The victory over Herrera was not only big for Powell’s recovery, but also helped finally get him in the win column for the UFC following two straight losses.

“Having that much time off was nerve-wracking in its own, but I had worked so hard to get that fight and that opportunity,” Powell told MMAWeekly.com. “I wanted to prove I could do better, and that’s what I was able to do. I knew I belonged there, but just needed a good showing, and I had it.

“I didn’t feel any ring rust. I felt normal walking out. I felt right in the moment. It was a little bit rushed and chaotic (at the venue), but in the fight game you get a lot of variables that you can’t control, so you focus on what you’re good at – and that’s the fight – and I felt fine.”

For Powell, coming off an injury like the one he had, and having to wait to finally get a bout, made it all the better to get out there and pull off such an impressive victory.

“I went through a lot of adversity,” said Powell. “I ruptured my testicle, and I had surgery and had a 13-month layoff. I wasn’t sure I had a job with the UFC; I kept begging for fights and couldn’t land any. They said they didn’t have space for me in the division, but I kept asking (for a bout) and training.”

On November 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Powell (9-3) will have his second bout back from injury when he faces Jesus Pinedo (15-4-1) in a 155-pound preliminary bout at UFC Fight Night 140.

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“I think I’ve just got to fight smart,” Powell said. “(Pinedo is) very aggressive, so I think people kind of move back and they fold and they get knocked down, and he gets them with ground ‘n’ pound. He’s going to have to be careful rushing in because he’ll get caught with something.

“He’s good everywhere and he’s aggressive, and when he catches people he stays aggressive. I feel a lot better than the guys he’s fought. I’ve got to use all my tools and get the job done.”

Now that he’s back to fighting, Powell is just going to take things as they come. When it comes to a goal, the thing he wants most is to get his record in the UFC over .500 and to start making moves in the lightweight division.

“Really it’s fight by fight for me,” said Powell. “It was a blessing getting that last fight, and now that I had it and got a win, I got another fight that came up pretty quick, so I’m going to enjoy this. In the off time after the fight I’ll enjoy the holidays and figure out what’s next.

“But number one is getting my hand raised. It’s crucial that I get the win in this fight. I’m 1-2, and being 2-2 rather than 1-3 in the UFC is huge; so all I can think about is getting my hand raised in there.”

UFC Buenos Aires Media Day Faceoffs: Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio Keep it Jovial

Neil Magny vs Santiago Ponzinibbio UFC Buenos Aires faceoff

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week is making its first trip to Argentina, landing in the capital city of Buenos Aires. 

UFC Fight Night 140 is topped by a pivotal welterweight bout between Top 10 contenders Neil Magny and home country favorite Santiago Ponzinibbio. The winner will take a huge stride toward title contention, while the loser would suffer a serious setback.

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Magny and Ponzinibbio kept things in a jovial mood when they faced off at Thursday’s UFC Buenos Aires Media Day, as they and the other fighters squared off for photographers.

Tune in Saturday, Nov. 17, for full UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Live Results at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. 

Pam Sorenson Sees ‘Holes’ in Felicia Spencer’s Game Heading into Invicta FC 32 Main Event

Having fought as much as five times in a year prior to 2018, to have not yet seen any action so far this year has been highly irregular for featherweight Pam Sorenson.

According to Sorenson, it’s not that she hasn’t tried to find fights, it’s just that everything she’s had planned has fallen through.

“Over the past year I was supposed to fight in January, but the original opponent ended up declining the fight,” Sorenson told MMAWeekly.com. “Then I was going to fight in March, but that fight felt through. After that was TUF tryouts, so I was getting ready for that, but found out at the last minute that I didn’t make the cut.

“The last year has been a lot of being in training camps for fights that fell through and for TUF. I’ve been training and getting better, but I haven’t seen any fights.”

When Sorenson does return to action, she feels like we will see a more balanced version of the two types of fighter she has been over the course of her career.

“The first couple years I went pro, my game changed a lot,” said Sorenson. “I used to like to fight in close, fight off the cage, do some dirty boxing, but I went from that to wanting to be at range and be out long.

“A year later I’ve been trying to go back to where I’ve been and blend it all together instead of just being in one comfort zone.”

On Friday in Shawnee, Okla., Sorenson (7-2) will look to capture her first major MMA championship when she faces Felicia Spencer (5-0) in an Invicta FC 145-pound championship main event.

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“I’ll be comfortable no matter where it goes,” Sorenson said. “We’ve been working on some stuff more than others, because we’ve seen some holes in (Spencer’s) game, but I’m fine with wherever the fight goes.

“The title isn’t the end for me. It does mean something to me because it’s Invicta, but I don’t train any harder – I train the same for all of my fights – the only difference is this is a five round fight.”

While Sorenson is happen at the weight she’s at now, she does note if opportunities do not open up at 145 pounds, she’s willing to move down in weight if need be.

“We’re really crossing our fingers that (the UFC will) open up the featherweight division, but we’ll see,” said Sorenson. “If not, I might end up trying to move back down to bantamweight to get into the UFC. Either way, we’ll take it one step at a time.”

Ricardo Lamas Will Be All Business When He Fights ‘Friend’ Darren Elkins

Ricardo Lamas UFC Buenos Aires Media Day scrum

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week is making its first trip to Argentina, landing in the capital city of Buenos Aires. 

UFC Fight Night 140 features a featherweight fight between two former contenders that are trying to get back to the top of the division. Ricardo Lamas on Thursday said that he considers Darren Elkins a friend, but when that Octagon door slams shut, it’s all about business.

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Tune in Saturday, Nov. 17, for full UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Live Results at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.  The UFC Buenos Aires main event pits Top 10 welterweights Neil Magny and Argentinian Santiago Ponzinibbio against one another.

‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Wants Conor McGregor As First Opponent in Return to Lightweight

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is returning to the lightweight division and he’s targeting former two-division champion Conor McGregor as his first opponent. This past weekend in Denver, Cerrone needed less than one round to dispatch of former teammate Mike Perry with an arm bar submission. Immediately afterwards, Cerrone turned his attention towards the lightweight division with hopes of eventually challenging champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. To get to the undefeated Russian there may be no faster — or more lucrative — path than going through McGregor. Sources close to the situation confirmed that Cerrone is pursuing that fight and has reached out to the UFC about the possibility of facing McGregor in his return to lightweight. As of now, no official offers have been made but Cerrone is definitely going after the fight in hopes of landing a shot at McGregor in 2019. https://www.instagram.com/p/BqJN51zg41d/ As much as Cerrone wants the fight, McGregor will likely remain unavailable until after Dec. 10 when he’s expected to go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer for his role in the post fight brawl that broke out after his loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. While McGregor wasn’t the catalyst that set off the explosive situation, he did jump on top of the cage and ended trading fists with a couple of Nurmagomedov’s teammates, which means he could face anything from a suspension to fines for his part in the melee. Until that situation is rectified, the UFC won’t likely attempt to book McGregor in any fights because there’s still a chance he faces a suspension that could keep him out of action for an extended period of time. Still, Cerrone is making it known that he wants the fight with McGregor and hopes that the UFC will book him in that matchup once the Irishman is free to return to action. Obviously fighting McGregor comes along with certain financial components than many fighters relish with an opportunity like that but Cerrone is also looking at the fight from the standpoint of getting that much closer to a title shot with a single win in the division. Cerrone also has shared history with McGregor including a fiery exchange at a pre-fight press conference a couple of years ago along with an alleged backstage incident between the fighters. That all adds up to Cerrone targeting McGregor as the perfect opponent to face as he plots his return to lightweight but it remains to be seen if it actually happens.

Emmanuel Sanchez Out to Prove It’s His Time at Bellator 209

Looking back on his lone win of 2018 this past April when he picked up a first round submission of Sam Sicilia at Bellator 198, featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez is happy with the win, even if he’s not so pleased with his performance.

According to Sanchez, even though he got the finish against Sicilia in just under four minutes, he feels he could have done better.

“I thought it was pretty good, but good isn’t good enough, it’s got to be great,” Sanchez told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m happy with it, but it could have been better. How, you ask? I don’t know. I just know it could have. It’s nothing I can show or explain.

“I learn from it. I grow from it. I take the positives from it. I’m happy for the finish, the win, the dominant performance and move on to the next one.”

At Bellator 209 on Friday in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sanchez (17-3) will challenge title holder Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (27-4) in the 145-pound championship main event.

“It’s two additional rounds if possible,” said Sanchez. “It’s just another man. It’s just another fight. I love to fight. He loves to fight. I’m excited. I’m sure he’s excited.

“It’s going to be a great fight – fireworks. It’s two fighters leaving it all on the line. I want the belt. It’s what I wanted since I started. I’m hungry and I’m ready; I’ve got my desire and passion; and am ready to make my dream come true.”

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As for how he matches up technical with Freire, Sanchez feels he has the right tools to force his opponent into a bad spot that he can take advantage of.

“I think my tenacity and my ferocity (are my keys to the fight),” Sanchez said. “I’m not a fast guy. I’m not a strong guy. I’m not going to say my ground is better or Jiu-jitsu is better or my hands are better; my overall game is better; I’ll just say that.

“(Freire has) been a two-time champ. He’s been on top for a long time. So for me to have an opportunity and prove it’s my time – that’s it. I’ve got to prove that I want it. I want it more than anything in the world; I’ve just got to go out and get it.”

As it stands right now, only the Bellator featherweight title is on Sanchez’s mind. He’s not focusing on anything beyond winning the title and achieving that goal.

“I said I want to be champion,” said Sanchez. “It could have been (Daniel) Strauss, it could have been (Daniel) Weichel, it could have been Donald Trump – it could have been whoever – whoever holds the belt is who I want.

“(Right now) it happens to be Pitbull, he happens to be the champ, and it’s a fight, so I’ve just got to go out there and take care of business.”

UFC Buenos Aires: Darren Elkins Hoping to Get Back Into the Top Ten with Win Over Ricardo Lamas

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Featherweight Darren Elkins expects an exciting fight when he faces Ricardo Lamas in the UFC Fight 140 co-main event in Buenos Aires on Saturday.  He hopes to break back into the top ten rankings with a win.

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Tune in Saturday, Nov. 17, for full UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Live Results at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.