UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Preview
A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, set to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2018 • 1:32 PM ET
Darren Elkins is looking to make a statement in Argentina this weekend.
The UFC will visit Argentina for the first time in the company’s history this Saturday, featuring a welterweight bout between No. 8 Neil Magny and No. 10 Santiago Ponzinibbio. The co-main event will be a featherweight fight between No. 13 Ricardo Lamas and No. 14 Darren Elkins.
Magny will ride two straight victories into Buenos Aires with his last being a first-round TKO over Craig White in May. That victory followed arguably the biggest of his career, a unanimous decision win over former title challenger Carlos Condit at UFC 219 last December. Magny has only lost three of his last 13 fights, while consistently ranking in the top 10 of the UFC’s welterweight division.
Magny (21-7) has fought in the UFC since 2013 and been one of the busiest and most durable fighters in the promotion. He fought five times in 2014 and five more times in 2015, and has never been one to shy away from the best competition. He has fought some of the toughest welterweights in the division with victories over Condit, former champion Johny Hendricks, Hector Lombard, Kelvin Gastelum, Erick Silva and Tim Means.
A victory for the 31-year-old Magny would be the biggest of his career, but he’ll have no easy task facing a fighter with the home crowd on his side.
Argentinian fighter Ponzinibbio will ride a six-fight winning streak (8-2 in UFC) into Saturday’s headliner in front of his home crowd, but he hasn’t fought since December last year. In that bout, he earned a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Mike Perry in one of the best fights of 2017.
Ponzinibbio has victories over notable fighters such as Perry, Gunnar Nelson and Nordine Taleb. The 32-year-old will have the crowd at Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss on his side, but it’ll be the toughest test of Ponzinibbio’s career. A win over one of the best fighters in the division would announce his presence as a contender for the welterweight title.
In Saturday’s co-main event, No. 13 featherweight Ricardo Lamas will try to rebound from two straight losses against No. 14 Darren Elkins.
The 36-year-old Lamas has challenged for the featherweight title, but fell short in his last two fights against Mirsad Bektic and a brutal knockout loss to Josh Emmett. Lamas is 3-3 in his last six fights, but has competed against some of the best in the featherweight division with victories over Jason Knight, Charles Oliveira, Diego Sanchez, Dennis Bermudez and Cub Swanson. A victory over a tough opponent like Elkins would put him back on track for perhaps one last run at a featherweight title shot.
Elkins took a six-fight winning streak into his last fight against Alexander Volkanovski in July, but lost by unanimous decision. The 34-year-old has fought in the UFC since 2010 and built a reputation as being one of the hardest guys to finish in the featherweight division. He has key victories over Michael Johnson, Dennis Bermudez and Mirsad Bektic; and a victory over a former title challenger would put Elkins back on track to climb the featherweight rankings.
The rest of the main card
Light heavyweight bout - Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Johnny Walker
Middleweight bout - Cezar Ferreira vs. Tom Breese
Bantamweight bout - Guido Cannetti vs. Marlon Vera
Women's strawweight bout - Cynthia Calvillo vs. Poliana Botelho
Welterweight bout - Michel Prazeres vs. Bartosz Fabiński
Flyweight bout - No. 9 Alexandre Pantoja vs. No. 13 Ulka Sasaki
Featherweight bout - Humberto Bandenay vs. Austin Arnett
Welterweight bout - Laureano Staropoli vs. Hector Aldana
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims
Lightweight bout - Devin Powell vs. Jesus Pinedo
Featherweight bout - Nad Narimani vs. Anderson dos Santos
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