UFC Glasgow provided another upset in recent memory, and this time the victim was Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson as he suffered a knockout loss against Santiago Ponzinibbio who was initially getting beaten to the punch by “Gunni.”
The Argentine Ponzinibbio’s striking wasn’t notably dangerous coming into the fight if you look at his previous two bouts that resulted in decisions victories, but three of his six UFC wins did come via stoppage. Make that four now. His biggest yet and he is now likely considered a top 10 welterweight, which puts him in the mix of the Neil Magny’s, Colby Covington’s, and Rafael dos Anjos,’ but maybe someone like Kamaru Usman could help build him up if the UFC doesn’t go the route of the bigger and tougher names. Then again, Ponzinibbio did drop names like Neil Magny and Carlos Condit when asked who he is interested in fighting ext during the post fight presser. The ball is in Sean Shelby’s court.
Cynthia Calvillo stepped into the cage against her toughest opponent to date and while the scoring results were followed by deafening boos from the Glasgow crowd, Calvillo came away with her fourth win in 2017 and more importantly her third consecutive UFC win. While her win may be contested, it’s worth noting that she managed to do more damage with her striking despite being out landed and she also finished the final round with a rear naked choke nearly secured. Calvillo’s performance was not bad for someone who turned pro less than a year ago. Her strawweight debut occurred in January and she managed to make weight five times in the span of nine months, while Calderwood missed weight and revealed her intentions of wanting to move up to 125 lbs prior to being informed about the opportunity of fighting in Glasgow.
Felice Herrig would be a nice option and a step up in competition for Calvillo. Both women have displayed good grappling, which could either lead to a battle for dominant position in the scramble or perhaps a kick boxing bout instead. Herring’s post fight comments after last month’s win over Justine Kish, on not receiving the UFC push might motivate her to take out someone Dana White is obviously a big fan of. Another option could be Herrig’s good friend and teammate, Carla Esparza, a former champion who is coming off a win over Maryna Moroz three weeks ago.
The timing for either Esparza or Herrig works out well for the 30-year-old Calvillo and both would prove to be her toughest test to date. Calvillo’s impressive fight activity should set her up for an impactful 2017.