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UFC on FOX 26 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio outslugs Mike Perry

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“Platinum” Mike Perry is a controversial braggart. Santiago Ponzinibbio is a quiet killer.

But while their personalities contrast, the two have something in common: They are two of the hardest pound-for-pound sluggers in the sport.

That, the duo proved on Saturday night, when their welterweight showdown turned into a back-and-forth brawl. After 15 minutes of bloody and bruising UFC on FOX 26 action, Ponzinibbio earned a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Centre were 29-28 across the board.

Perry got the better of things in the opening round, as be landed with a loaded-up right hand, while Ponzinibbio, though landing with leg kicks, mostly seemed to be looking to figure out his range.

Ponzinibbio turned up the heat in the second round, though, landing shots all over. Perry appeared to start tiring as the round wore on, but Ponzibbio picked up the pace.

With the bout hanging in the balance in the final round, the biggest move of the fight occurred. Perry landed a couple heavy hands, but in his rush to take advantage, walked right into a huge spinning back fist that floored him. It’s a testament to Perry’s chin and mettle that he made it to the final horn, as Ponzinibbio continued to pour it on.

“I am a fighter,” Ponzinibbio said. “I fight anyone in the division, OK?”

The Argentinian Ponzinibbio (26-3) has now won six in a row, which ties him with Kamaru Usman for longest active win streak in the welterweight division. Orlando’s Perry (11-2) dropped to 4-2 in the UFC, with both losses going the distance.