The welterweights have been booked to fight at UFC on FOX 26, which will take place on December 15th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On paper, the bout maps out to be a very violent affair. After all, Perry has taken out four of the five men he’s faced in the Octagon, and Ponzinibbio’s scored four TKOs or knockouts in his UFC run thus far.
But, not surprisingly, it doesn’t sound like Perry sees the fight as a ‘one of us is getting knocked out’ contest. Recently “Platinum” had this to say about the upcoming scrap (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Fighting Ponzinibbio, I see another game opponent. I’m always looking for someone who can stand there and trade shots with me (and) who can take one or two of mine. I had a good fight in front of the European fans out here in Manchester against Danny Roberts, and they loved that fight. He was able to take it and return it.
“So I’m looking for another fight like that – another scrap – but I really don’t see him maintaining for very long and being able to take my shots because of his style, (which) I think matches up very well with mine. I’m going to hit him with some counter-punches that are probably going to lay him down (and) put him to sleep.”
Perry has demonstrated that he crack, no question. But, if he gets too wild, Ponzinibbio will make him pay. It’s a bout that has “Fight of the Night” potential, and there’s a lot riding on the contest too. Ponzinibbio has won five straight bouts and is ranked #9 in the 170 division, while Perry’s coming off back-to-back KO wins and is ranked #15. So, the winner could find themselves facing a top ten or top five welterweight next.
UFC on FOX 26 will be hosted by the MTS Centre. In the headliner, former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler will take on former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos.