This time, Santiago Ponzinibbio did not fight Pereira but he left his heart. Photo by AFP.
He was the first to reach the octagon: Santiago Ponzinibbio waited for the brazilian Michael Pereira in a UFC welterweight bout that after three rounds ended in a split decision. It was defeat for the Argentine fighter in his presentation in the co-star battle with Las Vegas.
In the first leg of the fight Ponzinibbio put pressure with side steps, which Pereira countered with front kicks and a right fist. The Brazilian moved to his right to escape the Argentine’s right blow and so he was able to connect it to power.
Moved and smart, Pereira kicked into midfield with a combination of punches. The Argentine response it’s a strong hookwhich caused the opponent’s reaction to the constant change of guard.
The start of the third round It includes kicks and punches Pereira’s right hand, with boxing punches in response. The Argentine tried to compromise on accurate kicks, but the Brazilian resisted hard.
The cards are varied. For Mike Bell it was 30-27, in favor of the Brazilian. Meanwhile, Ron McCarthy declared the Argentine a 28-29 win and the final card, signed by Junichiro Kamijo, gave Pereira a 29-28 win.
It was a night where Ponzinibbio stood out for his courage and dedication, virtues that always exude the Argentine. Pereira, for his part, dominated the fight thanks to his patience and the speed of his movements, which resulted in their injury to Santiago’s face.