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Midnight Mania! Top-ranked Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio currently recovering from emergency surgery

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Yesterday, streaking Argentinian knockout artist, Santiago Ponzinibbio, announced on Instagram that he was in recovery from an emergency surgery. Afterward, he informed MMA Junkie that the cause of his illness was a bacterial infection, which caused him to spend a week in the hospital.

It’s a rough turn of events for Ponzinibbio, who is currently on an absolutely massive tear. “Gente Boa” has won seven straight, including a brutal four-round shellacking of Neil Magny back in Nov. 2018. Since then, Ponzinibbio has been gunning for another highly ranked foe.

This setback is the latest in bad luck for Ponzinibbio. In the past, a potential main event match up with Kamaru Usman fell apart when the Argentinian’s hand broke. In addition, Ponzinibbio has unsuccessfully been chasing a showdown with former champion Rafael dos Anjos for some time, but neither match up has come to fruition.

Hopefully, Ponzinibbio can heal up and return to what he does best quickly (smashing folks with his piston of a right hand).


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I came to London from Nigeria when i was 10 yrs old in 1990. I grew up in south London and had crazy teenage years filled with fights and life lessons. In 2006 i was 26 years old and i discovered the ufc while flicking through the sports channels late at night , it immediately captured me , the likes of rampage jackson, tito ortiz , randy couture , shogun were my favourite fighters and i became a fan instantly. i’d never set foot in any martial arts gym in my life and neither didn’t have any plans to. In 2008 i was 28 years old and i said to myself that i’m gonna fight for the ufc. i got off my sofa and started training muay thai and bjj , i had no martial arts experience but i was a tough cunt from south london. Martial arts immediately put more structure and discipline into my crazy life and helped me become a much better person than i was previously. I had my first pro fight after 2 weeks training and i won. within the first 2 years i was uk number 1, but the goal was to fight for the ufc. I won all my fights by ko and in 2012 i accepted a ufc contract after turning them down twice with an 11-0 record all knockouts. Ive had a great martial arts career and the last 4 fights have been tough losses to take not only for myself but for my family who is always first, ive given out a mostly knockouts and taken a few myself , that’s my fan loving style but it takes a toll on the body especially concussions which are not visible to the eye i’ve met a lot of great people along the way and travelled the world but it’s time to leave this chapter and on to the next one because there’s a life after fighting and i feel it’s my obligation to give more to combat sports which i love dearly outside of fighting. Thank you @danawhite and the @ufc for letting me showcase my skills and thank you to all my coaches and training partners who have helped and taught me along the way , much love to the fans and last but not least much love to my dear family who together we made this dream a reality. Jimi POSTERBOY Manuwa PB1 ... stay tuned

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