By Danny Segura |
February 17, 2021 6: 00 pm
Santiago Ponzinibbio’s UFC return did now not stride as planned, however that hasn’t changed his huge-image plans.
The UFC welterweight suffered a first-spherical knockout to Li Jingliang at UFC on ABC 1 very finest month, spoiling his extremely anticipated comeback.
Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) had been out since November of 2018. Despite being extremely ranked and on a seven-fight a hit bolt, the Argentine was compelled out to the sidelines by a series of unhappy events.
Ponzinibbio had to fight a lifestyles-threatening infection that kept him out of commission for tons of months. Then the world pandemic hit and that set up a pause to UFC operations for some time, delaying his return.
And his flee of irascible luck didn’t rupture there, as he suffered a broken toe and then a month-lengthy COVID-19 infection.
Ponzinibbio had a lengthy road corpulent of adversity to fetch to UFC on ABC 1 to claim the least, which makes the outcome of the fight even more difficult to task.
“No doubt it was the toughest defeat of my occupation as a outcome of of the a hit bolt that I was on, I had plenty on the line, and I had been out for some time,” Ponzinibbio told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I would’ve been on an eight-fight wining bolt and the layoff wouldn’t possess mattered as powerful and I would’ve been support at the top.
“And with this outcome, issues cease reach to a pause reasonably. I’m nonetheless no longer in the rankings, so I cease feel love there was plenty on the line. And glimpse, if I was going to lose, as a minimum I would’ve cherished to lose after three rounds, giving it my all in the cage as a outcome of I cease feel I’m in the handiest moment of my occupation. I was super ready.
“I had so powerful to point to in that fight and I was appropriate getting started. I was warming up, I was doing all the issues smartly, measuring the distance and timing, however taking my time to no longer bustle in there. Perchance it was the inaction and vital to ease into the rhythm. Nevertheless yeah, certainly I had plenty on the line and I suffered a sophisticated loss. Nevertheless that’s how it is miles. You will must grab the positives, which is that I’m healthy and in a position to reach support. Confidently one day we nasty paths and fight all as soon as more. Nevertheless I’m appropriate enraged about what’s subsequent.”
As smartly as to outcome in and of itself, the 34-year-feeble feels frustrated he wasn’t in a situation to point to his corpulent self in his return and point to why in 2018 he was concept to be a menace to the UFC welterweight title and one of the largest names at 170 pounds.
“That’s why it hurts so powerful, I couldn’t point to how correct I am,” Ponzinibbio explained. “I was appropriate getting started, appropriate warming up, and it was over. I kept it all in me. If I would fought three rounds and had recovered from that maybe the model wouldn’t were so bitter.
“Nevertheless with the blueprint it went, radiant I had so powerful to offer and wasn’t in a situation to point to it, you’re left with frustration. Nevertheless the reality is that the weight cleave was superb, the coaching camp went smartly, I was extremely ready all over the set up of abode. There’s no excuse, I was smartly ready.”
It took a puny time, however Ponzinibbio has reach to phrases with the outcome. It wasn’t what he had pictured, however his want to be champion and the self assurance to fetch to the top remain the identical.
“To be enticing with you, I enjoy I’m able to beat any person in the division,” Ponzinibbio acknowledged. “What took set up of abode in the fight was a fatality. A hand went by means of and that’s how this sport is. It’s no longer love I was dominated and ran over all over the route of three rounds and there was a evident weak spot in my game that shows I’m no longer up to par. No, the reality is that a hand went by means of, it was irascible luc.
“I enjoy my level is amongst the handiest of the division and I indubitably possess all the issues to become champion. I enjoy if the following day I fight (Kamaru) Usman, I indubitably possess a likelihood to knock him out, I indubitably possess a likelihood to beat him. I know he’s huge and all americans in the top 10 is correct. I don’t must disrespect any person, however I enjoy I’m able to beat them all. I’m very confident in my work. This fight doesn’t change the leisure for me.”