Amazing! For the first time Argentina will receive the UFC

The most popular mixed martial arts league will arrive in Buenos Aires. Argentina will be the fourth country in Latin America to receive the luxurious event

Amazing! For the first time Argentina will receive the UFC

The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the most important mixed martial arts league in the world. Its prestige and the competitive level of its fighters are quite high and really exclusive. Therefore, hosting one of your events is considered an exultant achievement. Brazil, Chile, and Mexico are the only Latin American countries to receive UFC events, whose headquarters are the United States. However, Argentina will become the fourth Latin American country to host a stellar night of Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 17.

Leer en español: ¡Increíble! La UFC llegará por primera vez a Argentina

Historic arrival of the UFC to Argentina

During UFC 228, which took place on September 8 in Dallas, Texas, the historic arrival of the largest mixed martial arts league in Argentina was announced. The one in charge to give the news was the Argentine fighter Santiago Ponzinibbio, who will fight in the stellar combat.

"I'm here to give you very good news, personally for me it's a dream come true: UFC Argentina, November 17, confirmed. In Buenos Aires I will be making the main fight, the main event, in front of the American Neil Magny, ranked number 8," said the Argentine wrestler, ranked number 10 of the UFC, in statements collected by Fox Sports.

The importance of this event is that for the first time in history the UFC will arrive in Argentina. "For me it's a dream come true, I know that for many of you this fight and this event is also going to be a dream, so I hope to the fans go to this event, November 17, UFC Argentina.", Ponzinibbio added to the media in question. The historic night will be centered on the Arena Parque Roca in the Argentine capital, where approximately 15,500 people will be able to attend.

The star fight

The Buenos Aires night will be illuminated by two great fighters: the American Neil Magny and the Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio, ranked in the eighth and tenth position, respectively, of the UCL's Wélter division.

According to MMA.UNO, the 32-year-old Argentine fighter has not competed in the octagon since December 2017 when he triumphed over the American Mike Perry. However, Ponzinibbio has a current streak of 6 wins. According to the UFC, the Latin American has a professional record of 27 wins and 3 losses, which places him in the tenth position of the Wélter division ranking. The Argentine is 182 centimeters tall and weighs 170 pounds.

"After so many years of fighting as a visitor to be at home feeling the affection of the people, it was one of my great goals to fight again here and I'm getting it, I have nothing more to ask," said Ponzinibbio. the official website of the UFC.

On the other hand, his opponent in the fight, that will be in the division Wélter Weight will be the American Neil Magny. Who fought for the last time at UFC London in May 2018 when he beat Craig White by TKO (Technical knockout), according to MMA.ONE.

The professional record of the 31-year-old American, according to the UFC, is 21 wins and 7 defeats, which places him in the eighth place in the Wélter division. Magny is 190 centimeters tall and weighs 170 pounds. "I'm ready for five rounds, I'm going to hit Santiago and he'll choose which round he's going to surrender," Magny said in an interview with UFC.

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Additional fights of the unprecedented night

The star bout will have additional fights that will help to strongly animate the night at Arena Parque Arena in Buenos Aires. According to UFC Spanish, these fights will be between the American Khalil Rountree Jr. against the Brazilian Johnny Walker in the Semi-Complete Weight division. The American Jared Cannonier will face against the Italian Alessio Di Chirico in the Middleweight division, and the American Cynthia Calvillo against the Brazilian Poliana Botelho in the Weight Straw division. In addition, there will be a stellar fight between two Latin American's fighters: the Argentine Guido Cannetti will face the Ecuadorian Marlon Vera in the Peso Gallo division.

"The only feeling I have is happiness, to be back in my country, I am very happy, when I started practicing MMA I wanted to do it in the UFC and now I am in my country doing it, a dream come true", said the 'Ninja' Cannetti the UFC.

Likewise, the night of UFC Argentina will also have preliminary matches:

  • The Brazilian Cezar Ferreira, ranked number 15, against Englishman Tom Breese in the Middleweight division.
  • The Peruvian Enrique Barzola against the Englishman Nad Narimani in the Featherweight division.
  • The Brazilian Michel Prazeres against the Polish Bartosz Fabinski in the Weight division Wélter.
  • The Venezuelan Veronica Macedo against the Ukrainian Maryna Moroz in the division Weight Fly
  • The Peruvian Claudio Puelles against the American Devin Powell in the Lightweight division.

UFC's unprecedented Latin American night will feature great fighters who will leave body and soul in the octagon, as is customary in the best Mixed Martial Arts league in the world.

LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana

Translated from: '¡Increíble! La UFC llegará por primera vez a Argentina'

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