Santiago Ponzinibbio is back and has indicated that all the injury issues are behind him. The fighter is eager to step inside the Octagon again and is hungry for action.
After a long injury layoff, Santiago Ponzinibbio will finally make his return at UFC Fight Island 7. The event is set to take place on January 16, and on the night Santiago will go up against Li Jingliang, a match that will be registered as his first in 26 months.
Santiago, who last stepped inside the Octagon in November 2018, is seemingly eager to appear once again at the biggest stage of MMA. The fighter will look to continue from where he left off i.e., would try to augment his winning streak, which is stationary at 7.
In the wake of a much-awaited return, Ponzinibbio is getting media attention from all corners and is not shying away from expressing his keenness for in-ring fights. As per his media interactions, it could be surmised that the Argentine is determined to showcase his earlier self, and with all that he has endured in the long overhaul he apparently wants his aggravation to be seen, thus may go all guns blazing on his opponent.
Santiago Ponzinibbio makes known that he is in no mood to spare his opponent for even a bit
In an interview with TSN sports, the 34-year-old talked about his comeback, his opponent, and his ultimate motive.
“I feel great, man,” Ponzinibbio said. “I have seven victories in a row, I feel in my best moment in my career, I feel I’m in my prime. And I’m going to knock this guy out, man. I’m going to injure this guy.
“I’ve had a lot of tough moments in my last 26 months and somebody needs to pay for that. This is not personal but he’s standing in front of me in the Octagon. It’s the best mistake you can do in all your career, accept a fight with me. I’m going to injure him, I’m going to knock this guy out and I’m about to return. I know I’m going to be the champion of this division. In 2021, I’m running for my belt.”
Would look to enter the Top-10 of Welterweight rankings
Back in 2018, Panzinibbio was an established main-event prospect, and at that time the Welterweight title opportunity was looming, however, on account of unfortunate circumstances that kept him inactive for a substantial period, the fighter is no longer in the ranking scene. But, with a fresh expedition set to start on January 16, “Gente Boa” hopes to reclaim a significant spot in the rankings and also has eyes on the top prize of the division.
“I know the rankings don’t make any sense but in the same way, we need to stay in the top five to get an opportunity for the belt,” Ponzinibbio said. “Hopefully, I finish this guy, I knock him out, Jingliang Li, and after that, hopefully, I go to the top ten, close to the top five for a big fight and I can go to my belt.” (Source- The Bodylock)
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