“People want to see blood and punches to the face, and I’ll give them that,” Santiago Ponzinibbio calls out Belal Muhammad

Santiago Ponzinibbio calls out Belal Muhammad to face him in September and vows to end his six-fights win streak.

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Belal Muhammad
Santiago Ponzinibbio and Belal Muhammad

The number 13th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Santiago Ponzinibbio returned to the win column with his last unanimous decision win against Miguel Baeza on UFC Fight Night: Sakai vs Rozenstruik.

Ponzinibbio has won eight out of his last ten fights and now he is looking to fight one more time this year. In his latest interview with MMA Fighting, Santiago Ponzinibbio says,

“I want to fight soon – September, There are plenty of guys that are just waiting, but these days I saw Belal calling out Magny for the September 25 card. Brother, I think that’s a great fight for me.”

“Muhammad was always ranked behind me, and he called me out a couple of fights ago, He asked to fight me when I wasn’t fighting, he talked about me. Since he’s all that brave and mentioned my name, I want to see if he really is that brave.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

Santiago Ponzinibbio wants to fight in five rounds main event next

Santiago Ponzinibbio
Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio stayed out of UFC for two years due to health issues and doctors advised him to fight never again. He secured a win against Neil Magny in 2018 and after that, he stayed out of promotion due to health issues.

Santiago Ponzinibbio made his comeback against Li Jingliang on UFC on ABC: Holloway vs Kattar. Although he lost this fight, he bounced back to win in his last fight and now he is aiming to fight in a five-round main event next.

He added, “It can be on that card,” Ponzinibbio said about UFC 266 or continued, “or we can do a main event, a five-round fight to beat him up a lot so he learns to keep his mouth shut. I think it would be entertaining for the company. I think it’s a good matchup.”

“I think it’s a fun fight because of our style. We like to stand and trade, and those are the type of fights that we wanna see like my last fight, a war. His last fight, wow, it was so boring. I was there, watching it live. People want to see blood and punches to the face, and I’ll give them that.”

These words he used for Belal Muhammad who is on a six-fight win streak and mocked him earlier by saying, “Out for like 25 years, I don’t know how you’re still in the rankings.”

In the end, Santiago Ponzinibbio concluded, “Muhammad is a fight that makes sense, I really wanted to fight someone closer to the top 5 but the guys that are winning won’t want to fight me. Burns, Edwards, Covington. I wanted to beat them up to go back to the top of the division.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

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