Santiago Ponzinibbio didn’t disappoint the home folks in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s maiden voyage to Argentina.
“El Gente Boa” defeated Neil Magny via fourth-round knockout in the UFC Fight Night 140 main event at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires on Saturday night, further solidifying his place as a contender at 170 pounds. The La Plata, Argentina, native now has 11 Octagon appearances under his belt and only seems to be getting better. The 32-year-old improved to 27-3 in his pro career and after the victory, called for his shot against reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Only time will tell how Ponzinibbio stacks up in a crowded division.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 140, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
2:36: Time of Ponzinibbo’s fourth-round knockout of Magny, when he made his opponent fall face first to the canvas with a right hand to the jaw. That ranks as the fifth latest finish in UFC welterweight history. Robbie Lawler owns the latest finish, thanks to his nose-shattering stoppage of Rory MacDonald that occurred 60 seconds into the fifth frame at UFC 189.
7: Consecutive triumphs for Ponzinibbio, giving him the second-longest longest active winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. Kamaru Usman, who faces Rafael dos Anjos at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale next week, is first with eight straight wins.
79: Significant strikes landed by Ponzinibbio. By comparison, Magny landed 72.
.440: Significant striking accuracy for Ponzinibbio, who landed 79 of 177 attempts. Magny threw in more volume but was less accurate, landing 72 of 251 attempts for a 28 percent success rate.
2: Knockdowns landed by Ponzinibbio. The Argentinian fighter floored Magny twice in the fourth and decisive frame.
9: Career knockdowns for Ponzinibbio. That ties him with five others for fourth most among active UFC welterweights. Ponzinibbio has landed at least one knockdown in his last four UFC appearances.
10: Victories in UFC competition for Ricardo Lamas, tying him with Cub Swanson for third most in the history of the promotion’s featherweight division. Only Max Holloway (14) and Darren Elkins (13) have more. “The Bully” bested Elkins via third-round TKO in their co-main event bout.
7: Finishes for Lamas, the second-most among UFC featherweights behind only Holloway, who has nine.
70: Significant strikes landed by Lamas. By comparison, Elkins landed 62. Lamas outlanded his foe by identical 28-to-21 counts in rounds two and three. Elkins, meanwhile, held a 20-to-14 advantage in significant strikes in the opening stanza.
17: Significant ground strikes landed by Lamas. Elkins, meanwhile, landed just one. Lamas finished his bloodied foe with hammerfists on the ground at the 4:09 mark of round three.
3: Submission victories for Cynthia Calvillo following her rear-naked choke of Poliana Botelho in the opening stanza at UFC Fight Night 140. That ties her with Rose Namajunas for the most finishes in UFC strawweight history. Calvillo’s three finishes also tie her with three others for second-most finishes at 115 pounds. Namajunas is No. 1 with four finishes.
8: Consecutive victories for Michel Prazeres, which ties him with Kamaru Usman for the fifth longest winning streak in the UFC regardless of weight class. Max Holloway (12), Khabib Nurmagomedov (11), Tony Ferguson (11) and Robert Whittaker (nine) have longer winning streaks. Prazeres submitted Bartosz Fabinski with a guillotine choke 1:02 into the opening round of their welterweight clash.
44: Significant strikes by which Austin Arnett oulanded Humberto Bandenay, the largest striking differential on Saturday’s card. That included a whopping 33-to-3 edge in the third stanza. Arnett won the featherweight contest via unanimous decision.
166: Combined significant strikes landed by Laureano Staropoli (97) and Hector Aldana (69) in their preliminary welterweight affair. Staropoli, who won a unanimous decision, was the more active fighter, attempting 275 strikes to his opponent’s 170.
5: Takedowns landed, in five attempts, by Jesus Powell in his Octagon debut against Devin Powell. That carried the Peru native to a three-round verdict in the 155-pound affair.