Santiago Ponzinibbio hopes to return to the winning column against one of the UFC’s most exciting prospects.
Plenty of people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans have confirmed to MMA Fighting that the match between Ponzinibbio and undefeated Miguel Baeza will take place at the June 5 UFC event at a location that has yet to be announced. Fight was the first to report a booking.
In an impressive streak of seven wins, Ponzinibbio was forced to leave the field for more than two years after suffering a bacterial infection that led to several surgeries. Hente Boa returned in January for UFC Fight Island 7 and was stopped by Li Jingliang in the first round. The 34-year-old has a 9-3 career in the UFC and hopes to take a step towards returning to the top 15 at 170 pounds.
Baeza (10-0) is scheduled to appear in the fourth Octagon and has jumped off the page after winning Dana White’s Contender Series by decision in June 2019. Caramel Thunder finished all three of their UFC bouts in round two. in victories over Hector Aldana, Matt Brown and Takashi Sato.