Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Ponzinibbio vs Pereira?
Michel Pereira beat Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira, on Saturday 21st May 2022 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 27-30, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of winner Michel Pereira.
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).
Ponzinibbio vs Pereira stats
Santiago Ponzinibbio stepped into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Michel Pereira made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Ponzinibbio had a massive power advantage over Pereira, boasting at 54% knock out percentage over Pereira's 0%.
Santiago Ponzinibbio was the older man by 7 years, at 35 years old.
Pereira had a height advantage of 1 inch over Ponzinibbio. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Ponzinibbio was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 33 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 3 years and 5 months earlier than Pereira, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 30 less professional rounds, 64 to Pereira's 94.
Ponzinibbio vs Pereira form
Ponzinibbio had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Geoff Neal at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Miguel Baeza at UFC Vegas 28 on 5th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest.
Going into that contest, 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.
Before that, he had beat Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 140 on 17th November 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He had defeated Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26 on 16th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Canada.
Michel Pereira had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Andre Fialho at UFC 270 on 22nd January 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Niko Price at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Khaos Williams at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Zelim Imadaev at UFC Vegas 9 on 5th September 2020 by submission in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Diego Sanchez at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on 15th February 2020 by submission in the 3rd round at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Michel Pereira had been fighting more than Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Going to this contest, Santiago Ponzinibbio had last fought 5 months and 18 days ago, while Michel Pereira's last outing had been 4 months and 7 days ago.
Ponzinibbio's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Pereira's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.