UFC Buenos Aires: Ponzinibbio uses dynamic striking to finish Magny

Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3-0) used some exquisite striking to break down Neil Magny (21-7-0) in the fourth round in the main event of UFC Buenos Aires last night.

Early and often, Ponzinibbio started with a jab that bothered Magny’s eye, but he didn’t stop there. He continued to pepper Magny with powerful leg kicks and strikes that left him bloodied and hobbling for stretches of the third and fourth rounds. Magny tried to counter with takedown attempts, but they were stuffed. A flush right hand off of a counter shoot left Magny face first on the canvas and forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout at  2:36 of the fourth frame.

“Just beat up and disappointed,” Magny responded to reporters in the post-fight press conference when asked how he was feeling. “It just wasn’t my night tonight.”

Ponzinibio used the post fight interview to call out welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Laureano Staropoli and Hector Aldana secured Fight of the Night honours, while Ponzinibbio and Johnny Walker earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

NAD NARIMANI DEF. ANDERSON Dos Santos VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JESUS PINEDO DEF. DEVIN POWELL VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

LAUREANO STAROPOLI DEF. HECTOR ALDANA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

AUSTIN ARNETT DEF. HUMBERTO BANDENAY VIA UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

ALEXANDRE PANTOJA DEF. ULKA SASAKI VIA SUBMISSIN (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 2:18

MICHEL PRAZERES DEF. BARTOSZ FABINSKI VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTIE CHOKE) R1 1:02

CYNTHIA CALVILLO  VS. PAULA BOTELHO

WINNER: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 4:48

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAULA BOTELHO VIA SD

Andrews: I thought Calvillo had weakened over her failed weight cut but clearly she revised her game plan and took out Botelho right away before she gassed. And it worked. I like Cynthia, but she has to make weight.

GUIDO CANNETTI VS. MARLON VERA 

WINNER: MARLON VERA VIA SUBMISSION (REAR NAKED CHOKE) R2 1:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARLON VERA VIA UD

Andrews: Cannetti did his best, but Vera eventually got him. Good win.

CEZAR FERREIRA VS. IAN HEINISCH 

WINNER: IAN HEINISCH VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CEZAR FERREIRA VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Heinisch came in fresh off DWCS and decisioned a TUF winner. Impressive.

KHALIL ROUNTREE VS. JOHNNY WAKER

WINNER: JOHNNY WALKER VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 1:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHALIL ROUNTREE VIA KO

Andrews: Give credit to Walker, he made sure Rountree went out on his shield.

RICARDO LAMAS VS. DARREN ELKINS

WINNER: RICARDO LAMAS VIA TKO R3 4:09

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DARREN ELKINS VIA SD

Andrews: Good win for Lamas, with some bully to boot.

MAIN EVENT

#8 NEIL MAGNY VS. #10 SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1064033659332702208

WINNER: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA TKO (STRIKES) R4 2:36

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA UD

Andrews: Ponzi’s striking took its toll and history was made.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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