UFC Argentina Bonuses: Johnny Walker and Santiago Ponzinibbio Steal Show with Brutal KO’s

The UFC was in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first time in the promotion’s history and they brought a great night of fights to the country. This was just the second event in South America outside the country of Brazil and the UFC’s debut in the country did not disappoint. The card had 3 KO/TKOs, 4 submissions, and 5 unanimous decisions. A little something for everyone with most of the decisions being fun fights to watch as well.

Fight of the Night Bonuses: Laureano Staropoli vs. Hector Aldana

Leaureano Staropoli and Hector Aldana were engaged in an all-out war for 15 minutes on Saturday night. Even though this fight took place on the undercard it was apparent that Argentina’s Laureano Starpoli was there to make a statement in front of the hometown crowd and he did just that. Over the course of three whole rounds, he brutalized Hector Aldana’s face bloodying him and swelling both of his eyes. Aldana however also did a number on Staropoli leaving a large lump on the forehead of the Argentian. Aldana got outclassed in this fight but he just refused to go away and because of that this fight he was able to put on an entertaining fight with Staropoli that he would lose by unanimous decision. But 50k and fight of the night honors will make that loss a little less bitter.

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Performance of the Night Bonuses: Johnny Walker and Santiago Ponzinibbio

Johnny Walker put on a striking clinic against his opponent Khalil Rountree and entertained the crowd for the short time that it lasted. Super impressive showing for what is  Walker’s official UFC debut. The 6’6″ light heavyweight landed a beautiful head kick before closing the distance clinching and really showing his strength and control from this position. Walker knocked out Roundtree with a vicious elbow from the clinch rendering his opponent unconscious in breathtaking fashion. Here is 50k for that impressive knockout and equally impressive back-flip from the big man!


Santiago Ponzinibbio had his first fight back after nearly a year away from the cage and he looked as sharp as ever. Ponzinibbio was patient in there picking his shots and completely mangling Neil Magny’s lead leg with leg kicks. Not only that but Santiago was also able to out jab Magny, a man with a far superior reach of 80″. It was 4 whole rounds of domination and it seemed almost as if Santiago could have ended the fight a little earlier solely with leg kicks but was really looking for the highlight knock out. And boy did he get it plus an extra 50k.


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