Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3-0) used his striking to stop Gunnar Nelson (16-3-0) in the very first round at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow.

The heavily favoured No.8 Nelson looked to strike early and while he landed some good shots, Ponzinibbio connected with a jab and right hand sent him crashing to the canvas.

Follow up strikes forced the referee to call the bout at 1:22.

Nelson explained in the post-fight press conference that he was poked in the eye during the fight, which impaired his vision.

Ponzinibbio, currently ranked No.14, earned performance of the night, along with Paul Felder. Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur collected Fight-of-the-Night honours. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

LESLIE SMITH DEF AMANDA LEOS VIA TKO R2 2:53

BRETT JOHNS DEF ALBERT MORALES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

DANNY HENRY DEF DANIEL TEYMUR VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

GALORE BOFANDO DEF CHARLIE WARD VIA KO R1 2:10

ALEXANDRE PANTOJA DEF NEIL SEERY VIA SUBMISSION R3 2:31

DANNY ROBERTS DEF BOBBY NASH VIA KO R2 3:59

TSN 5 MAIN CARD 

JAMES MULHERON VS JUSTIN WILLIS

WINNER: JUSTIN WILLIS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES MULHERON VIA TKO

Andrews: These guys went the distance, impressive. I didn’t think they would but Willis simply outworked Mulheron. Good win.

KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VS PAUL CRAIG 

WINNER: KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VIA TKO R1 4:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VIA TKO

Andrews: Craig failed to close the distance and get the fight to the ground and Rountree Jr. made him pay with a short uppercut and hammerfists. Good win for Rountree, who also displayed a bit of takedown defence too.

JACK MARSHMAN VS RYAN JANES

 

WINNER: JACK MARSHMAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JACK MARSHMAN VIA TKO

Andrews: Janes showed a strong chin but not enough offence as Marshman was the one who initiated strikes and didn’t have to worry about being taken to the ground either.

STEVIE RAY VS PAUL FELDER

 

WINNER: PAUL FELDER VIA TKO R1 3:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEVIE RAY VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Ray could avoid the power shots of Felder, but he couldn’t avoid the elbows. Good win for Felder.

#8 JOANNE CALDERWOOD VS #14 CYNTHIA CALVILLO

 

WINNER: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Calvillo used the takedown and submission attempts to secure the first and third rounds and bloody Calderwood’s nose and then held on as Calderwood tried to use her Muay Thai ( and a nice spinning backlist) to steal the fight. A good show by both ladies.

MAIN EVENT 

#8 GUNNAR NELSON VS #14 SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO

 

WINNER: SANTAIGO PONZINIBBIO VIA TKO R1 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GUNNAR NELSON VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Nelson tried to strike with Ponzinibbio and Ponzinibbio outstruck him, landing some right hand power shots that floored Nelson. Subsequent follow-up shots forced the referee to call the bout. Excellent win for Santiago. It’s back to the drawing board for Gunnar.

@kenaiandrews