Santiago Ponzinibbio extended his winning streak to five with a big knockout win over Gunnar Nelson in the UFC Glasgow main event.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night: Glasgow in Scotland, Argentina’s Santiago Ponzinibbio left the partisan crowd stunned as he knocked out Icelandic BJJ standout and welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson a mere 82 seconds into the very first round. Nelson got off to a fairly good start with his karate-based striking, but his historically suspect defense was exploited by Ponzinibbio in a big way, and it made for a dramatic conclusion.
What was the highlight of the fight?
Ponzinibbio did get clipped a couple of times at the start of this brief contest, but he turned things around with a hard right hand that had Nelson reeling. Sensing the finish was near, Ponzinibbio teed off upstairs and then whacked Gunnar with a thumping left hook to put him down and out. He threw two extra shots but really Nelson was gone the moment he was knocked down.
Where do these two go from here?
Ponzinibbio is on a roll and will surely be in the top-10 of the UFC rankings next week. In the post-fight press conference, he suggested fights with either Neil Magny or (the possibly retiring) Carlos Condit. A matchup with Magny would definitely be intriguing and could headline a show in South America. I’d also be interested in seeing him take on Rafael dos Anjos, as the former lightweight champion also figures to be a potential contender in his new division.
It’s a devastating loss for Nelson and the first time he’s ever been finished, although Rick Story and Demian Maia both came close to stopping him in their respective victories over him. The odds of Nelson ever earning himself a title shot are looking increasingly longer, but he’s still a very good, dangerous fighter. Expect to see him matched up against someone just outside the top-15 for his next bout, perhaps the loser of Alex Oliveira vs. Ryan LaFlare, or even against someone coming off a win like Sergio Moraes.
Watch now, later, or never?
The fight only lasted 82 seconds and featured an awesome finish, so it’s a no-brainer that you should watch this now. In fact, you can watch the knockout at the top of the page!