*** Update: Alex Morono has agreed to fill in for Lawler on just six days’ notice — full details here. ***
Well, this sucks.
Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has been pulled from his upcoming Santiago Ponzinibbio fight, previously scheduled for the UFC 282: “Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev” pay-per-view (PPV) card on Sat., Dec. 10, 2022 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
That’s according to ESPN.
The promotion is currently seeking a replacement for the “Ruthless” veteran though it’s not yet known the severity of his undisclosed injury. The 29-16 (1 NC) Lawler, who turns 41 next March, is coming off a technical knockout loss to Bryan Barberena and has now dropped five of his last six.
As for the hot-and-cold Ponzinibbio, 36, he’s looking to rebound from consecutive split decision losses to Geoff Neal and Michel Pereira. The “Argentine Dagger” dropped to 28-6 overall after losing three of his last four but also bagged two “Fight of the Night” bonuses during that span.
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