Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Neal vs Ponzinibbio?
Geoff Neal beat Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC 269, on Saturday 11th December 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 29-28, 28-29 in favor of winner Geoff Neal.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Neal vs Ponzinibbio stats
Geoff Neal stepped into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Santiago Ponzinibbio made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested Neal had a slight advantage in power over Ponzinibbio, with a 62% knock out percentage over Ponzinibbio's 56%.
Geoff Neal was the younger man by 4 years, at 31 years old.
Ponzinibbio had a height advantage of 1 inch over Neal. Despite this, he had 2-inch reach advantage.
Neal was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 14 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year and 1 month later than Ponzinibbio, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 24 less professional rounds, 40 to Ponzinibbio's 64.
Neal vs Ponzinibbio form
Ponzinibbio had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Miguel Baeza at UFC Vegas 28 on 5th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest in the United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Jingliang Li at UFC on ABC 1 on 16th January 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 140 on 17th November 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Before that, he had beat Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26 on 16th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Canada.
He had won against Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 113 on 16th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.
Neal's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.3 rounds on average.
Ponzinibbio's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.