UFC Fight Night – Buenos Aires (It’s in Argentina) Preview


(This fight is in Buenos Aires, Argentina has a better ring to it in my opinion)

The first visit to Argentina seems like its going to be a great one as we get a whole bunch of fights that should provide exciting finishes. The headliner is an exciting welterweight fight that is sure to excite the Argentinian Crowd as the face of Argentine MMA, Santiago Ponzinibbio gets his chance to move up the rankings against the very well-rounded Neil Magny.

Women’s Strawweight: Poliana Botelho (-155) Vs. Cynthia Calvillo (+135)

I am actually very happy that I procrastinated in writing this piece as I was able to see Calvillo stand on the scale looking like she went through the wringer in an attempt to make weight. Seriously, this chick looked like a skeleton. I was originally going to go with Calvillo as she was 6-1 with only two years of MMA Experience and coming in with nine months off, I’d have expected her game to grow substantially. I see this one going the distance, but Botelho will take the decision. Poliana Botelho Def. Cynthia Calvillo

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera (-325) Vs. Guido Cannetti (+265)

Sneakily, Marlon Vera might be the most active UFC Bantamweight on the Roster. This fight on Saturday will be his seventh fight in two years and it goes against his former Ultimate Fighter housemate in the Argentine Guido Cannetti. Cannetti has gone 2-2 in the UFC while Vera has been able to go 5-4. There are two big stories within this fight, Cannetti’s age, 38, and Cannetti’s nation of Argentina hosting a UFC Event for the first time in the nation’s history. I am going to compare this event to UFC Santiago in Chile where Chile’s favorite son Diego Rivas fought Cannetti and lost. I picked the hometown kid to win that one and I’m not going to make the same mistake and go with the location to choose the winner. Marlon Vera Def. Guido Cannetti

Middleweight: Cezar Ferreira (-185) Vs. Ian Heinisch (+160)

The Belfort Protege Cezar Ferreira has really looked great since moving up to Middleweight. Since his move, he is 5-1 with impressive wins over Anthony Smith, Karl Roberson, and Jack Hermansson. His original opponent was supposed to be Tom Breese, but an injury sustained in camp led to the Contender’s series Alumni Ian Heinisch to get his first chance in the octagon. Heinisch’s main strength is striking and specifically power when standing up. Now, Heinisch is not a stout grappler while Ferreira is and if Heinisch is able to keep the fight standing then he should take the win. Ian Heinisch Def. Cezar Ferreira

Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree (-230) Vs. Johnny Walker (+190)

I love this fight. Khalil Rountree is coming off of an incredible performance in which he was able to defeat a multiple time Kickboxing world champion in Gokhan Saki by Knockout. If you didn’t know, That’s absolutely fucking ridiculous. No-one, I mean no-one had Rountree by First Round Knockout against a guy like that. Super Impressive. Rountree faces Johnny Walker who is a native Brazilian Training in Great Britain at the moment. From what I’ve seen his knees are lethal and with his height advantage he can really exploit his strengths. I want Rountree to win, I think Walker will. Johnny Walker Def. Khalil Rountree

Featherweight: Ricardo Lamas (-210) Vs. Darren Elkins (+175)

I cannot believe that Elkins is being overlooked again. I understand why Elkins was being overlooked against Alexander Volkanovski but I do not understand why he’s an Underdog against Lamas. Elkins has been improving with every fight under the tutelage of Justin Buchholz at Team Alpha Male, going 6-1 since 2015, while Lamas looked like a shell of himself during his fight with Mirsad Bektic. I believe that the KO loss to Josh Emmett had a big effect on Lamas and this fight will either prove me very wrong or very right. Darren Elkins Def. Ricardo Lamas

Welterweight: Neil Magny (+240) Vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (-280)

I thought these odds should’ve been closer to pick’em odds with possibly a slight edge to Ponzinibbio, however, Santiago being a close to 3-1 favorite is kinda ridiculous. Neil Magny has been in the cage with the best of the UFC’s welterweight division and is 13-3 since 2014 started. Other than his loss to Lorenz Larkin, Neil Magny has only lost to elite BJJ Grapplers, which Santiago Ponzinibbio is not. However, Ponzinibbio has an x-factor available to him which is the electricity of the crowd on his side. I am unsure as to how Ponzinibbio will perform under the pressure of a “hometown” main event. But if it’s anything like his first main event against Gunnar Nelson, then he should be fine. I believe that this will end via a late finish of some kind. Santiago Ponzinibbio Def. Neil Magny

Other Selections

Welterweight: Bartosz Fabinski (+165) Def. Michel Prazeres (-190)

Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja (-360) Def. Ulka Sasaki (+300)

Featherweight: Humberto Bandenay (-260) Def. Austin Arnett (+220)

Welterweight: Laureano Staropoli (-115) Def. Hector Aldana (-105)

Lightweight: Devin Powell (+168) Def. Jesus Pinedo (-195)

Featherweight: Nad Narimani (-320) Def. Anderson Dos Santos (+260)

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