A surging welterweight prospect will meet a UFC veteran in June.
Combate was the first to report that Santiago Ponzinibbio will fight Dana White’s Contender Series alumni Miguel Baeza on June 5, a yet-to-be-announced UFC event. Baeza also confirmed he had a fight booked on social media.
Ponizinbbio (27-4) returned from a 26-month layoff in January at UFC on ABC 1. He faced off against Li Jingliang and would get finished in the first round. That loss would snap the Argentinan’s seven-fight win streak and knock him out of the rankings where he once sat. Ponizinibbio will look to get back into the welterweight picture with a win.
Baeza (10-0) has been on an absolute tear, three fights into his UFC career. “Caramel Thunder” fought twice in 2020 after defeating Hector Aldana in his UFC debut back in 2019. He finished Matt Brown via TKO at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris in May and then finished off his year with another finish of Takashi Sato. Baeza was awarded Performance of the Night for both of those wins. Looked at as a future title contender, a win over Ponizinbbio will do wonders for him.
With the latest addition of Ponizinbbio vs. Baeza, the UFC’s June 5, 2021 fight card currently looks like this:
- Maryna Moroz vs. Manon Fiorot
- Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura
- Youssef Zalal vs. Sean Woodson
- Ilir Latifi vs. Tanner Boser
- Alan Patrick vs. Mason Jones
- Montana De La Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski
- Dusko Todorovic vs. Maki Pitolo
- Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Miguel Baeza
- Claudio Puelles vs. Jordan Leavitt
- Alessio Di Chirico vs. Roman Dolidze
- Muslim Salikhov vs. Francisco Trinaldo