Argentinean UFC fighter Santiago “Gente Boa” Ponzinibbio (27-3) says he was not dodging Stephen Thompson.
Ponzinibbio spoke to The Roman Show in light of the UFC’s return to South Florida. UFC Fight Night takes place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fl Saturday, April 27. The night’s main event will feature Jacare Souza vs Jack Hermansson.
Thompson had been calling out Ponzinibbio for a fight, but the Argentinean said he was recovering from an injury.
“He offered the fight,” he said. “I said yes, but I would be ready in April or March. In March I wouldn’t have been a 100 percent. The final days of March or April I would be ready. He wanted to fight in late March because he didn’t want to wait. I wasn’t ready. I was injured. He doesn’t hit. He doesn’t have knockout power. He runs away. He is talking smack. I told him and others I had to recuperate.”
Anthony Pettis defeated Thompson last month.
Ponzinibbio is coming off a knockout victory against Neil Magny in his hometown of Argentina.
He said he has his eyes set on the former welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley.
“I would love to because I think he is one of the best welterweights in the world,” he said. “He did a great job with the title. A victory over him would show I am ready to be a champ. I know I am ready I just need an opportunity to show it. Woodley would be great.”
Hear Ponzinibbio talk about mixed martial arts growing in Argentina, more gyms opening up in the South American country, and his thoughts on the welterweight division.