UFC On ABC 1 Results – Li Jingliang KO’s Santiago Ponzinibbio In One Round

Li Jingliang KO's Santiago Ponzinibbio At UFC On ABC 1
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Li Jingliang of China punches Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Santiago Ponzinibbio’s comeback ended with a brutal first round knockout loss in the hands of Li Jingliang in the main card of UFC On ABC 1 maincard on Saturday Night.

Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC)  was fighting for the first time since 2018 and his timing was off and evident from the start. Li Jingliang needed little time to expose him. Ponzinibbio was able to connect a big right hand early in the first round but Jingliang (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) responded with a left hook that abruptly ended the fight.

Early in the first round, Ponzinibbio made glaring his inability to find his range but Li Jingliang ignored it, mixing things up with some good low kicks coupled with a nice footwork that aided in eluding his opponent.

Jingliang increased his pace and trying to mix things up but Ponzinibbio was landed the big punch but that only brought him in for the ending sequence. Jingliang ended the fight with a huge punch that grounded him before the fight ended.

Santiago Ponzinibbio - Li Jingliang UFC On ABC 1
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina punches Li Jingliang of China in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jingliang ended Ponzinibbio’s seven fight winning streak, while leaving him a victor in four out of his last five fights. The win is is seventh knockout on his record which levels him with Matt Hughes in fourth for the most knockout in Welterweight History.

The fight was part of the five fight bout of the main card of UFC On ABC 1 which followed prelims on ESPN, ESPN+.

Full Results From The First Ever UFC Event On ABC

Max Holloway def. Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-43, 50-42)

Carlos Condit def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Li Jingliang def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:25

Alessio Di Chirico def. Joaquin Buckley via knockout (head kick, punches) – Round 1, 2:12

Punahele Soriano def. Dusko Todorovic via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:48

Joselyne Edwards def. Wu Yanan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Carlos Felipe def. Justin Tafa via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Ramazan Emeev def. David Zawada via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Vanessa Melo def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Austin Lingo def. Jacob Kilburn via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

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