Gunnar Nelson Gets SLEPT By Santiago Ponzinibbio In Rough Night For SBG
With all the chaos surrounding the MayMac tour, it would be easy to overlook a somewhat underwhelming UFC Fight Night 113 card but true fight fans were eagerly anticipating this event.
The headline fight saw top welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio face off in front of a raucous crowd at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Coming into this one, both men were flying high: after a lopsided decision loss to top contender and human backpack Demian Maia, Nelson (14-2-1 before this fight) was able to score back-to-back submission victories over Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban.
The Icelander fan favourite often fights in London and has made the United Kingdom his home away from home in recent years. One of the reasons Nelson’s so popular is due to the fact that he finishes fight: coming into this one, the 28-year-old had 15 finishes out of 16 victories with 12 submissions and three knockouts.
Meanwhile, his opponent, Ponzinibbio (24-3 before this fight), bounced back from a TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin in June of 2015 to win four on the bounce.
With 19 of the Argentinian’s 24 victories coming by way of a stoppage (13 knockouts and 6 submissions), fight fans weren’t expecting this one to go the full five rounds.
The bookmakers installed Nelson as a warm favourite with crownbet.com.au giving odds of $1.62 for the Icelander to walk away with the W while Ponzinibbio was a slight outsider at $2.30.
With Nelson ranked 8th and Ponzinibbio ranked 14th in the highly contested welterweight division, a win for either fighter would see them push their claim for a shot at the title at some point down the line.
Santiago Ponzinibbio stunned Gunnar Nelson in the headline slot, knocking out McGregor’s longtime training partner early in the first round.
The 28-year-old from Iceland started promisingly, landing two clean punches, but that was where the good news ended. Ponzinibbio slugged Nelson with a right hook then his left hand finished the job as the Argentine announced himself as a genuine threat in the welterweight division.
It was a shock defeat for Nelson at the hands of a foe few expected to cause him any problems.
OMG Santiago Ponzinibbio just slept Gunnar Nelson. First round knockout. That is a major upset in my book. Wow. #UFCGlasgow
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 16, 2017
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