Mike Perry is as outgoing and boisterous as they come, taking any and every chance to call out one contender after another when a mic is in front of his face. Case in point, a week after it was announced “Platinum” would fight Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26 this weekend (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) in Winnipeg, Canada, Perry got into a heated argument with Darren Till at UFC: “Gdansk.”
Shortly thereafter, Perry revealed his desire and intentions on fighting Till even though he already had a fight booked. Whether it’s confidence or cockiness, Ponzinibbio couldn’t care less, and come fight night the Argentinean plans on showing Perry that he’s just dreaming.
“He lives in his little fantasy world — on the 16th he's going to be dealt a blow from reality,” Ponzinibbio said in a recent interview with Bloody Elbow. “Truthfully, I'm not interested in how he's taking this fight. He's never fought anyone on my level.”
Indeed, the Welterweight match up pits two of the fastest-rising contenders in the division, with Ponzinibbio winning five in a row, while Perry has won four of his last five bouts. For Ponzinibbio, it’s not so much about worrying how his foes perform, but rather focusing on his own attributes and gameplan. At the end of the day, Ponzinibbio says he is the more well-rounded fighter between the two men. And he’s better looking, too.
“I'm faster, stronger, more complete, and prettier [than Perry]. Even my girlfriend is prettier than his.”
The winner of the bout could take a huge leap in the rankings and get him closer to a shot at the division strap. At the very least, the victor could see himself staring down the aforementioned Till in a No. 1 contender eliminator match in early 2018.
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