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Santiago Ponzinibbio Destroys Gunnar Nelson with Devastating First-Round Knockout

Santiago Ponzinibbio Destroys Gunnar Nelson with Devastating First-Round Knockout

Originally from Argentina, now fighting out of South Florida, Ponzinibbio stunned Nelson (16-4-1) with a right hand in the center of the cage early. "But I had it wrong and I think that was the biggest mistake in this fight", said Mr. Nelson after, even as he claimed to have been poked in the eye that hampered his vision.

Ahead of this fight with Nelson, Ponzinibbio spoke with MMAFighting.com about the contest itself, and where a win puts him in the stacked welterweight division.

As Nelson's eyes rolled back into his head, Ponzinibbio followed with one more right hand before the referee could swoop in to stop the fight at 1:22 into the opening round.

Joanne Calderwood lost a unanimous decision to Cynthia Calvillo after missing the strawweight limit by three pounds on Saturday. He last fought in March of this year. I am the best striker in this division. She almost secured a rear-naked choke only to have the bell sound to end the fight at the end of the third. She took Calderwood down in the first and third rounds and threatened with chokes and armbars.




Henry bit down on his mouthpiece, weathered the storm and came off the stool in the second round a different fighter as he used his superior reach advantage to start punishing the Swede. Nelson does, of course, enter the night on a two fight winning streak, with both fights ending in submission finishes.

Also on the main card, Las Vegan Khalil Rountree knocked out light heavyweight Paul Craig in the closing seconds of the first round for his second straight win.

Lightweight Paul Felder (14-3) capped off an emotional chapter of his career with a stunning first-round TKO over Stevie Ray (21-7). There's six picks to be made on the main card at UFC Glasgow, however. English pair Danny Roberts and Galore Bofando earned eye-catching knockout victories, while Welsh duo Jack Marshman and Brett Johns, plus Scottish newcomer Danny Henry, all picked up hard-earned decision wins.