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UFC Argentina Final Results

PONZINIBBIO vs MAGNY

Fighting at home in Buenos Aires for the first time since 2010, welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio thrilled the fans at Arena Parque Roca on Saturday night, as he knocked out Neil Magny in the fourth round of their UFC Argentina main event to extend his current win streak to seven.

After eating a hard jab early, Magny had some issues with his right eye, allowing Ponzinibbio to press the action as he looked for the finisher. Soon enough, Magny was able to get his bearings back and he fired back with punches and kicks to keep Ponzinibbio at bay. With two minutes left, Magny finally got his back off the fence, but Ponzinibbio’s pressure had him back there soon enough, and the hometown hero finished the round strong, with a right hand stunning the Coloradan just before the horn.

In the opening minute of round two, Ponzinibbio put Magny on the deck with a kick to the leg, but Magny got up quickly. Ponzinibbio was growing more confident by the second, though, and his pressure was paying dividends in the biggest fight of his career. Magny wasn’t going away, though, and soon Ponzinibbio was cut over his left eye from a clash of heads. After referee Herb Dean had the Octagonside doctor check the cut out, Ponzinibbio went on the attack with a sense of urgency, and with Magny wobbling from the kicks to the leg, he didn’t have the mobility to escape the onslaught the way he wanted to.

The pace dipped in the third, but the pattern remained unchanged, as Ponzinibbio stalked Magny and fired at his leg with kicks when not landing 1-2s upstairs. Magny got in his share of shots in response, leaving the door open for a late comeback.

More punishing kicks to the leg put Magny on the deck three times early in round four, and as Dean looked on closely, it appeared that the end was near. Magny refused to give in, but with his focus on his leg, Ponzinibbio took his attack upstairs, with a single right hand to the head putting Magny face down on the canvas, ending the fight at 2:36 of the fourth frame.

The No. 10-ranked Ponzinibbio moves to 28-3 with the win. The No. 8-ranked Magny falls to 21-8.

LAMAS vs ELKINS

Two featherweight veterans traveled to Buenos Aires for their UFC Argentina co-main event Saturday night and Ricardo Lamas and Darren Elkins showed plenty of Midwest grit at Arena Parque Roca before “The Bully” broke the fight open in the third round and ended it with a punishing TKO victory over Elkins.

Lamas got a takedown in the opening 30 seconds, and as Elkins rose quickly, he did so with a cut under his left eye, the usual course of business for “The Damage.” When the featherweights separated, Lamas mixed up his attacks well, but Elkins was able to use his own strikes to close the distance and get his foe to the fence. Lamas reversed position and got loose, but Elkins did get his takedown off a late scramble to finish the round strong.

The two continued to battle back and forth in round two, but Lamas’ kicks to the leg began to take their toll on Elkins, who was staggered twice before getting his bearings back. The blood began to flow again, though, with Elkins again being forced to fight through a crimson mask.

In round three, Lamas and Elkins kept scrapping, but just as Elkins began getting into a late rhythm with his striking, Lamas scored the takedown and began unloading hard ground strikes. Ultimately, referee Keith Peterson had seen enough, and he stopped the fight at 4:09 of the third and final round.

With the win, the No. 13-ranked Lamas moves to 19-7. The No. 14-ranked Elkins falls to 25-7.

WALKER vs ROUNTREE JR.

Brazilian newcomer Johnny Walker made quite the impression in his first trip to the Octagon as he knocked out Khalil Rountree Jr. in the first round of their light heavyweight bout.

After taking his time getting acclimated to the Octagon in the first 90 seconds of the fight, Walker exploded with a right kick to the head and went on the attack. The Brazilian proceeded to lock Rountree up in a clinch, and a short elbow jarred the American, with a second one moments later putting the former Ultimate Fighter finalist down and out at 1:57 of the opening round.

With the win, Walker moves to 15-3. Rountree falls to 8-3 with 1 NC.

HEINISCH vs FERREIRA

Highly-touted middleweight prospect Ian Heinisch made the most of his short-notice UFC debut, winning a three-round unanimous decision over Cezar Ferreira.

Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Heinisch, 12-1, who replaced the injured Tom Breese. Sao Paulo’s Ferreira falls to 14-7.

Able to adjust on the fly whenever necessary, Heinisch turned Ferreira takedowns into submission attempts in the first round, and while the Brazilian was seemingly able to use those takedowns to his advantage in the second frame, a late knockdown by Heinisch turned the fight into the Coloradan’s favor for good. In the third, the “Hurricane” jarred the tired Ferreira several times, sealing the victory on the scorecards and wrapping up an impressive first trip to the Octagon for the Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum.

VERA vs CANNETTI

Ecuador’s Marlon Vera rebounded from a rough first round against former TUF Latin America castmate Guido Cannetti to submit the Buenos Aires native in the second stanza of their bantamweight matchup.

Cannetti was sharp from the start as he aggressively looked for the finish on the feet and the mat, and even when that didn’t happen, he pressured Vera and put together an impressive first round.

But in the second, Vera hurt Cannetti in the opening minute, and though “Ninja” was able to avoid the finish then, Vera kept the heat on, and after getting his foe to the mat, he locked in a rear naked choke that ended the bout at 1:31 of round two.

With the win, Vera moves to 12-5-1; Cannetti falls to 8-5.

CALVILLO vs BOTELHO

Cynthia Calvillo’s first fight since December 2017 was a successful one, as the strawweight standout submitted Poliana Botelho in the first round.

Taking a patient approach to the bout, Calvillo wasn’t deterred when she couldn’t keep Botelho on the mat early on, and when she got her second takedown with two minutes remaining, she was able to get to work, eventually sinking in the rear naked choke that forced Botelho to tap out at 4:48 of the opening round.

With the win, Sacramento’s Calvillo, who missed weight at 118 pounds, improves to 7-1. Rio de Janiero’s Botelho saw a five-fight winning streak snapped in falling to 7-2.

PRAZERES vs FABINSKI

Brazilian welterweight Michel Prazeres made it eight wins in a row in Fight Night Argentina action at Arena Parque Roca in Buenos Aires Saturday night, impressively finishing Poland’s Bartosz Fabinski via first-round submission.

An intense staredown preceded the matchup, and as soon as the two were waved in to fight, they fought, with a right hand dropping Fabinski in the opening ten seconds. The Brazilian went all-in for the finish, and while Fabinski was able to recover from the initial barrage, Prazeres was relentless in his assault, with a guillotine choke ending matters just 1:02 into the bout.

With the win, Belem’s Prazeres improves to 26-2. Warsaw’s Fabinski falls to 14-3.

PANTOJA vs SASAKI
In a meeting of flyweight contenders, Brazil’s Alexandre Pantoja scored an impressive first-round submission victory over Japan’s Ulka Sasaki.

After the two traded blows to start the bout, the two found their way to the mat, with Pantoja looking for a submission from his back. Sasaki got out of trouble, but Pantoja put him back into it as he took his foe’s back against the fence. A rear naked choke followed, and Sasaki was forced to tap out. The official time of the finish was 2:18 of round one.

With the win, the No. 9-ranked Pantoja moves to 20-3. The No. 14-ranked Sasaki falls to 21-6-2.

ARNETT vs BANDENAY

In his third trip to the Octagon, Austin Arnett finally broke into the win column, as he scored a come from behind decision victory over Peru’s Humberto Bandenay.

Scores were 29-28 and 29-27 twice for Arnett, who improves to 16-5. Bandenay falls to 14-6 with 1 NC.

Bandenay was the aggressor throughout much of the first round, and he used a body kick to put Arnett on the defensive late in the frame. Arnett also went back to his corner with a cut over his right eye, adding to his woes.

But in the next two rounds, Arnett showed his poise under pressure, as he steadily worked his way back into the fight and took it over, nearly halting the tired Bandenay with ground strikes in the closing seconds of the bout.

STAROPOLI vs ALDANA

Welterweights Laureano Staropoli and Hector Aldana left it all in the Octagon in their three-rounder, with Argentina’s Staropoli emerging victorious over Mexico’s Aldana via unanimous decision.

The judges saw it 29-28 and 30-27 twice for La Plata’s Staropoli, who improves to 8-1. Mexicali’s Aldana falls to 4-3.

Both fighters were throwing bombs as soon as the bout commenced, and after several heated exchanges, Aldana emerged with a nasty cut over his left eye and Staropoli was sporting a knot on the right side of his forehead. That didn’t stop the two from trading, but as the fight progressed, Staropoli pulled ahead as Aldana wasn’t able to stop the incoming fire due to the worsening of the cut. The gritty Mexican made it to the final horn, but it was Staropoli’s night.

PINEDO vs POWELL

Peru’s Jesus Pinedo made a successful Octagon debut in Buenos Aires, as he won a three-round unanimous decision over Devin Powell in a lightweight bout.

Despite Powell (9-4) having the edge in Octagon experience, it was Pinedo (16-4-1) who fought like the old pro, dealing with the high workrate of the New Englander with ease as he got in his own shots on the feet. It was on the mat where Pinedo pulled ahead, though, as he took advantage every time he was able to put the off-balance Powell down, using his ground strikes to sail to victory by scores of 30-27 across the board.

NARIMANI vs DOS SANTOS

British featherweight Nad Narimani put in a workmanlike three rounds en route to a shutout decision victory over gutsy newcomer Anderson dos Santos.

Scores were 30-27 across the board for Bristol’s Nad Narimani, now 12-2. Sao Paulo’s dos Santos falls to 20-7.

Narimani established his striking attack from the start, with his power shots immediately getting dos Santos’ attention. As the fight progressed, Narimani mixed in a couple takedowns to keep his foe guessing, and while dos Santos stayed engaged throughout and landed some big shots in the second frame, he wasn’t able to turn the tide enough to take over and get the win.

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