Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 17, 2018) with UFC Fight Night 140, which went down inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In the main event of the evening, Santiago Ponzinibbio knocked out Neil Magny in the fourth round to cap off a main card full of finishes (see it again here). In the co-main event, meanwhile, Ricardo Lamas picked up a huge win by knocking out the tough-as-nails Darren Elkins in round number three (highlights).
Biggest Winner: Santiago Ponzinibbio
“Gente Boa” picked up his seventh straight win after picking apart Magny from the opening bell before flattening him in the fourth round of their five-round headlining bout with a vicious right hand. The fact that Santiago was able to deliver such a performance and victory on his home soil was simply the icing on the cake.
With the win, Ponzinibbio will definitely move up the pecking order and get closer to a shot at the division strap. For his efforts, he collected a cool $50,000 check in bonus money. Having not tasted defeat in three years, Santiago holds the second longest win streak in the division, with Kamaru Usman holding the top spot at eight. Now, all the Argentinian has to do is sit back, collect his bonus cash and see how the rest of the division plays itself out for the remainder of 2018.
Runner Up: Johnny Walker
Walker made his official Octagon debut in impressive fashion after running over Khalil Rountree in the very first round.
Indeed, Walker didn’t look like a rookie in his first official fight with the promotion, taking it to Khalil from the jump before knocking him out cold with sum vicious elbows from the clinch position. He may be a newbie, but Walker put everyone on notice with his impressive win. He also earned himself a $50,000 bonus check for his efforts, as well. Indeed, Johnny is somebody to watch in the Light Heavyweight division after that blitzing performance.
Biggest Loser: Khalil Rountree
Khalil wasn’t able to capitalize on welcoming in an Octagon newcomer, as Johnny Walker schooled Khalil from the jump before putting him to sleep in the closing seconds of the opening round.
As a result, Rountree wasn’t able to follow up on his previous big win against Gokhan Saki. Furthermore, the loss puts an end to Rountree’s four-fight win streak and ascension up the division ladder. Whether or not Khalil was underestimating the unknown Walker, no one knows, but in the end the UFC rookie simply proved to be too much.
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