Mma | Santiago Ponzinibbio Knocks Out Gunnar Nelson In UFC Fight Night 113 Headliner

SantiagoPonzinibbio made a statement in the biggest way possibleSunday, taking just 1:22 to knock out GunnarNelson in the first round of a welterweight clash that servedas the main event of UFC Fight Night 113 “Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio” at the SSE HydroArena in Glasgow, Scotland.

During the opening exchanges, Ponzinibbio (25-3) rocked Nelson(16-3-1) with a big right hand and started throwing a combinationagainst the stunned Icelander. A left hand got through and turnedout Nelson’s lights and Ponzinibbio landed two more punches beforereferee LeonRoberts could jump in and stop the fight.

Ponzinibbio, who fights out of the Team Nogueira and American Top Team camps, now has 14 knockouts and 20 finishesamong his 25 career victories. The streaking Argentinian how nowwon five straight fights and is 7-1 in his last eight contests.Nelson, who fights under the Mjolnir and SBG Ireland banners, suffered the first stoppage loss of hiscareer and the setback snapped a run of two straight wins and threevictories in his last four contests.

After an opening few minutes that saw Calderwood take the center ofthe Octagon as Calvillo moved to try and change angles and landcounterstrikes, Calvillo (6-0) was able to land a takedown and tookher opponent’s back. Calderwood was able to reverse and getCalvillo to her guard, but the 30-year-old Calvillo snagged an armand just missed locking on an armbar before the horn sounded to endthe first five minutes.

Calderwood, who missed weight by two pounds on Saturday, utilizedher kickboxing more early in the second round, but Calvillo wasable to score with some punches as she circled away from Calderwood(11-3). Neither fighter showed any inclination to take the fight tothe ground, instead choosing to exchange on the feet for the entireround.

The third round was a kickboxing match with both fighters havingtheir moments until the final 35 seconds, when Calvillo grabbed atakedown and immediately got Calderwood’s back. The Team Alpha Male fighter fished for a near naked choke andalmost had it locked on as the final horn sounded.

Calderwood, who fights out of Tristar Gym , has now lost two straight and is 2-3 in her lastfive fights after starting her career 9-0.

Felder Continues Hot Streak
PaulFelder (14-3) earned his second straight win and fourth victoryin his last five fights by knocking out Steven Ray (21-7) in the first round of their lightweight matchup.

Overcoming a hostile crowd that booed his introduction and was veryvocal in its support of the homestanding Ray, Felder landed a bigknee in the clinch to drop Ray and landed several shots in aneffort to end the fight. Ray, who had a run of two straight winsand seven victories in his last eight snapped, was able to getFelder back into his guard, but “The Irish Dragon” wasn’t to bedenied, landing several punches on the ground before finishing theScottish fighter off with a pair of hard elbows. Referee GrantWaterman intervened at the 3:57 mark, giving the 32-year-old Roufusport product the ninth knockout of his career.

Marshman Outpoints Janes
JackMarshman used timely counterstrikes and harder punching to takehome a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Ryan Janes ina middleweight tilt.

Marshman, a Tillery Combat MMA Academy representative, came outlooking to land some big strikes and get inside the superior reachof Janes and had some success in the opening round. Janes wasn’t tobe outdone, though, looking to circle and counterstrike against theWelshman.

The two started the second round much like the first until acombination by Marshman provoked Janes into a takedown attempt.Marshman was able to defend the takedown attempt and clinch againstthe fence to end the period.

With the fight seemingly in the balance going into the final round,both fighters came out more aggressively. This time, though, it wasthe 27-year-old Marshman who was circling while Janes was in thecenter of the Octagon trying to land kicks and strikes. The35-year-old Canadian was able to use his reach to keep Marshman onthe end of his punches and became more aggressive in the fight’sdying moments, but “The Hammer” was still able to land somecounterpunches and was able to hold on for the win, his eighth inhis last nine outings.

The victory allowed Marshman (22-6) to rebound from a second-roundTKO loss to ThiagoSantos in his last outing at UFC Fight Night 105 in February,while Janes (10-3) has now dropped two straight since puttingtogether an eight-fight winning streak.

Rountree Continues Rebound
KhalilRountree earned his second straight first-round knockout,needing just 4:56 to finish off Paul Craig in a 205-pound matchup.

Rountree (6-2) — who had lost two straight under the UFC bannerprior to his pair of opening-round stoppages — was the aggressorfrom the outset. A southpaw, he kept looking to land a big lefthand, but it was a kick that started the sequence that forcedreferee LeonRoberts to call a halt to the proceedings. Following the kick,”The War Horse” landed a right and a left hook to drop Craig (9-2)before closing the show with five hammerfists to the Scottish HitSquad product.

The 27-year-old Syndicate MMA representative notched his fourth knockout of hisprofessional career, while Craig has dropped two straight followinga 9-0 start to his career.

The big men spent most of the first round exchanging on the feet,but Willis (5-1) did strike for a takedown and tried to passMulheron’s guard. However, he was unable to and Mulheron got backto his feet, where they spent the rest of the opening round tradingstrikes.

In the second round, “The Juggernaut” started getting the better ofthe standing exchanges before Willis got another takedown. The American Kickboxing Academy product spent the rest of the roundworking for submissions and landing some ground and pound on theEnglishman.

Mulheron (11-2), knowing he was likely needing a finish to win,came out in the third trying to be aggressive, but the southpawWillis was able to control distance and utilize his reachadvantage. The 29-year-old Willis solidified his decision victoryby snagging a takedown in the last 90 seconds to earn his fifthstraight win in his UFC debut.

Mulheron, also making his UFC bow, had a string of four straightvictories snapped with the loss.

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