Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC Fight Night 113: “Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio,” which went down yesterday (Sun., July 16, 2017) inside the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, airing live on FOX Sports 1. The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a welterweight scrap that saw Santiago Ponzinibbio knockout Gunnar Nelson in the very first round (video highlights here). In the co-main event of the evening, Cynthia Calvillo kept her momentum going by outscoring Joanne Calderwood to score a unanimous decision win (see it here).
Winner: Santiago Ponzinibbio
Who He Should Fight Next: Rafael dos Anjos
One fight I really wanted to see was Ponzinibbio vs. Colby Covington, but since they both train at American Top Team (ATT) I'm not sure they'd be willing to scrap, so we'll shelf that idea for now. Instead, maybe a matchup with Rafael dos Anjos may be more fitting. “RDA” made good on his 170-pound debut against Tarec Saffiedine. But, Ponzinibbio is a very big welterweight, which could give dos Anjos fits. But, that’s what happens when you move up a weight class.
Winner: Cynthia Calvillo
Who He Should Fight Next: Carla Esparza
Aside from winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) to win the inaugural women’s Strawweight title -- which she subsequently lost in her first attempt to defend it — Esparza hasn’t shown me anything to believe she will be too much for Calvillo, a fighter who only has six pro bouts under her belt. Cynthia has proven to be as tough as they come, and after taking out “JoJo,” she will definitely move up the rankings, perhaps even steal a top 10 slot.
Winner: Paul Felder
Who He Should Fight Next: James Vick
Both men are riding a comfortable two-fight winning streak and are trying their hardest to break into the top 15. A win for either man over the other should be enough to get them over the hump and perhaps take Gilbert Melendez’s spot at No. 15 -- as he has been babysitting that ranking for quite some time now, despite the fact that he hasn’t stepped foot inside the cage in a whole year.
Winner: Khalil Rountree
Who He Should Fight Next: Jarod Cannonier
Bangfest? I think so. Khalil and Jarod have both shown they have power in their hands to sleep a baby elephant, and both like to earn their bread with their hands. Jarod barely made his way into the top 15 while Rountree has yet to break in. I like this fight a lot, for sheer entertainment value, as someone is guaranteed to go night-night. Matching either one of them against a much higher-ranked fighter next doesn’t make sense, and since they would both be ready to return to action pretty quick, I don’t see why they don’t just issue out the fight contracts out already.
Winner: Jack Marshman
Who He Should Fight Next: Cezar Ferreira
Marshman is another one of those fighters trying his hardest to become household name. Granted, he only has three fights inside the eight-walled cage thus far, going 2-1 so far. Jack has a tough hill to climb in a stacked Middleweight division if he wants to get near a top 15 ranking, but after making the mot of his first-ever main card, televised slot by taking out Ryan Janes (recap), I’d like to see him face someone like “Mutante.” It would be a real test for Marshman, as well as for Cesar, who recently saw his three-fight win streak snapped by Elias Theodorou.
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