Argentine welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio, who has lost his place in the UFC rankings due to prolonged inactivity, is ready to return and loudly declare himself by knocking out his former teammate Colby Covington, who occupies the first line in the division.
“We were never friends – I trained with him, but we didn’t have a friendship,” Ponzinibbio said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I have nothing against him personally, but we have never been friends. We crossed paths several times in training because we had one coach, Mike Brown, who sometimes brought us together. “
“This is my job and I look at it like a professional. I think Covington is a great athlete. He is the leader of the division, and this fight is interesting to me. He suits me well as an opponent and I am confident that I will knock him out and win the fight. I am definitely very interested in this fight. “
The 34-year-old Argentinian last entered the cage two years ago, knocking out Neil Magney in the fourth round. Ponzinibbio was scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 245 in Las Vegas against Robbie Lawler, however, the welterweight was forced to withdraw from the numbered event due to a staphylococcus infection.
Valentina Shevchenko plans to complete the trilogy with Amanda Nunes
Reigning UFC flyweight titleholder Valentina Shevchenko is confident that her third fight against UFC double champion Amanda Nunes is logical and inevitable.
“I think it would be logical,” said Bullet in an interview with Hablemos MMA. “She very easily passes all rivals, and I think that in the future it would be logical to have a third fight, because I did not lose the second fight. I won it “
“Now it will be a super fight, champion versus champion, and the judges will judge it differently. Three years ago, she won a takedown in the fifth round, and she did not even initiate it. It was the result of my actions. It was the last round, we were both slippery, she was heavier, and so I ended up at the bottom, although I had to take a position on top. “
“This is the only thing that gave her a slight edge in the eyes of the judges that evening, but given how it ended, it would be logical to have a third fight between us.”
Shevchenko is currently gearing up to defend her title against Jennifer Maya, who will fight on November 21 at UFC 255 in Las Vegas, and hopes that by the time the third fight with Nunes becomes a reality, fans will be allowed to return to the stands.
“I don’t know when the fight with Nunes will take place, because now I am focused on my weight class. I want to dominate and defend my belt over and over, but I hope that by the time our fight with Amanda becomes a reality, the fans will be back in the stands because I don’t want to fight her in an empty arena. “
As a reminder, Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson on December 12 at UFC 256 in Las Vegas.