The Icelandic grappling sensation saw a two-fight winning streak come to an end in the main event of UFC Fight Night 113, which took place in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Brazilian took the win in the third round and heralded the 37-year-old as "a legend" in his post fight address. Twelve of his 16 careers wins have come via tapout.
Originally from Argentina, now fighting out of South Florida, Ponzinibbio stunned Nelson (16-4-1) with a right hand in the center of the cage early. With his opponent stumbling into the fence, Ponzinibbio swarmed in for the kill. For those who did not believe in me, here is the result.
"Gunnar Nelson is a tough guy". "This was a very big test for me. I did not expect to finish the fight in a minute".
"I'm the best striker in this division". I am the next champion of this division. I have great respect for Gunnar and I was sure he was ready for war. He also darted in with a lead left that caught Ponzinibbio flush. In terms of total strikes, the two punches that hurt and then knocked out Nelson were the only ones Ponzinibbio was credited for. Rountree (6-2) - who had lost two straight under the UFC banner prior to his pair of opening-round stoppages - was the aggressor from the outset. The co-main has intriguing hometown favorite Joanne Calderwood taking on Cynthia Calvillo in a women's strawweight contest. The Team Alpha Male fighter fished for a near naked choke and nearly had it locked on as the final horn sounded. The two started the second round much like the first until a combination by Marshman provoked Janes into a takedown attempt.
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Lightweight Paul Felder also knocked out Stevie Ray in the first round. "I see myself finishing him".
Ray, who is from Scotland and had the crowd behind him, unsuccessfully worked for takedowns early. He finished the fight with hard elbows out of Ray's guard.
His record showcases incredible finishes in nine of his 10 wins with five knockouts and four submissions. He is 6-3 overall inside the Octagon.
The end looked as if it would come via a stunning knockout. Craig falls to 1-2 in the UFC.