Daniel Rodriguez vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Added To UFC's Mexican Independence Day Card
A welterweight slugfest between Daniel Rodriguez and Santiago Ponzinibbio has been added to the September 16th UFC Fight Night card.
News of the booking was first reported by First Round Management and later confirmed by MMA journalist Marcel Dorff.
🚨🚨BANGER ALERT🚨🚨Daniel Rodriguez takes on Santiago Ponzinibbio on September 16th at #NocheUFC. (Info per @AjAriosa) pic.twitter.com/QJY21NFdda
— Marcel Dorff 🇳🇱🇮🇩 (@BigMarcel24) July 28, 2023
The card highlights Mexican Independence Day Weekend and features plenty of action-packed fights. The event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez returns after falling to Ian Garry by first-round TKO at UFC Charlotte earlier this year. He’s looking to snap a two-fight losing skid after losing to Neil Magny last November.
Before losses to Garry and Magny, Rodriguez was on a roll with four straight victories. He defeated the likes of Li Jingliang, Kevin Lee, and Mike Perry during that stint.
Daniel Rodriguez vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Promises Fireworks
Ponzinibbio is also looking to get back on track after a knockout loss to Kevin Holland at UFC 287 earlier this year. He defeated Alex Morono and his last victory at UFC 282 last December.
Ponzinibbio has been a mainstay of the UFC’s welterweight division; defeating the likes of Sean Strickland, Gunnar Nelson, and Mike Perry. He’s looking to get back into the welterweight rankings with an impressive performance.
Ponzinibbio and Rodriguez are looking to keep pace in the stacked welterweight division. UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards is expected to defend his title next against Colby Covington by the end of the year.
The event is headlined by a flyweight title rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko.
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