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Once they light the fuse, fireworks become all but a foregone
conclusion.

Santiago
Ponzinibbio
will draw his first assignment of 2022 when he
collides with Michel
Pereira
in the
UFC Fight Night 206
co-main event on Saturday at the UFC Apex
in Las Vegas, as the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
pairs together two of its
tried-and-true welterweight action heroes. Ponzinibbio has piled up
eight wins across his past 10 appearances. However, “The Ultimate
Fighter Brazil” Season 2 finalist finds himself on the rebound
following a split decision defeat to Geoff Neal at
UFC 269 on Dec. 11. Pereira, meanwhile, enters the Octagon on the
strength of a four-fight winning streak. He last competed at UFC
270, where he laid claim to a unanimous verdict over Andre
Fialho
on Jan. 22.

As Ponzinibbio and Pereira move closer to their anticipated
showdown at 170 pounds, a look at some of the numbers that have
accompanied them to this point:

35: Years of age for Ponzinibbio, who was born in
La Plata, Argentina, on Sept. 26, 1986.

15: Ponzinibbio victories by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 54% of his career total (28). His list of
UFC victims: Neil Magny,
Gunnar
Nelson
, Court McGee,
Andreas
Stahl
and Wendell
de Oliveira Marques
. Ponzinibbio holds six other victories by
submission and seven more by decision.

9: Knockdowns credited to Ponzinibbio as a UFC
welterweight, placing him eighth on the promotion’s all-time list
at 170 pounds. He trails only Thiago Alves
(13), Jake
Ellenberger
(11), Matt Brown
(10), Tyron
Woodley
(10), Stephen
Thompson
(10), Kamaru
Usman
(10) and Vicente
Luque
(10).

121: Significant strikes landed by Ponzinibbio in
a three-round unanimous decision over Miguel
Baeza
at UFC Fight Night 189 on June 5, 2021. It established a
personal benchmark for the
American Top Team
representative.

.759: Cumulative winning percentage between the
five opponents—Neal, Jingliang
Li
, Lorenz
Larkin
, Ryan
LaFlare
and Leonardo
Mafra Texeira
—who have defeated Ponzinibbio. They boast a
combined record of 85-27.

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28: Years of age for Pereira, who was born on Oct.
6, 1993 in Maraba, Brazil.

7: Pereira wins by submission, accounting for 26%
of his career total (27). His methods of choice: two rear-naked
chokes, two triangle chokes, one armbar, one guillotine choke and
one arm-triangle choke. Pereira owns 10 other wins by knockout or
technical knockout and 10 more by decision.

12: Consecutive calendar years in which Pereira
has fought at least once, including a 1-0 mark so far in 2022. He
went 1-0 in 2011, 2-0 in 2012, 6-3 in 2013, 3-1 in 2014, 1-1 in
2015, 2-2 in 2016, 2-1 in 2017, 4-1 with two no contests in 2018,
2-1 in 2019, 2-1 in 2020 and 1-0 in 2021.

41: Seconds needed for Pereira to punch out
Won
Jun Choi
at Road Fighting Championship 51 on Dec. 15, 2018.
Having occurred more than three years ago, it remains his fastest
finish to date.

216: Combined victories between the 10
opponents—Rubenilton
Pereira
(twice), Diego
Sanchez
, Tristan
Connelly
, Dusko
Todorovic
, Kuerbanjiang
Tuluosibake
, Ismael de
Jesus
, Abubakar
Vagaev
, Carlston
Harris
,
Zozimar de Oliveira Silva Junior
and Bruno
Leandro
Soares
Lobato—who have beaten Pereira. They sport a cumulative
.657 winning percentage (216-109-4).

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can then stream UFC Fight Night 206 “Holm vs. Vieira” live on your
smart TV, computer, phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN
app.


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