Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Preview, Prediction and Tips

Check out our online fight preview for the UFC Fight Night main event: Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio below! 

 

Magny Ponzinibbio

Fight Preview: Where, when and what time?

Magny vs. Ponzinibbio is the main event on a five-fight main card of UFC Fight Night 140. This event is scheduled for Saturday, 17th November in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Expect these two guys to enter the Octagon at around 10pm local time.

 

Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Betting Tips

The Main Event of the upcoming UFC Fight Night 140 is set to be a showdown between two top 10 Welterweights as Santiago Ponzinibbio and Neil Magny go head to head. There should be some great spoils for the winner of this match, who will assert themselves as a top contender in the UFC at 170 pounds. Here are our picks for how this match-up could end.

Magny to win outright

There is no doubt that Magny has come a long way in recent years, having gone 13-3 in the Octagon since 2014. He tends to fight long – which is great since he is one of the tallest fighters in the Welterweight division – and chop opponents down with timed shots.

However, perhaps due to his length, Magny has also been vulnerable to being taken down and knocked down easily. Against Rafael Dos Anjos, for example, Dos Anjos floored Magny with a leg kick, after which he promptly finished Magny with a choke.

Magny needs to avoid this predicament with Ponzinibbio, whose striking game is truly elite (and underrated). If he can do this, Magny could be the fresher fighter later on in the fight, and he could take over, which would yield a big win for anyone betting on a Magny win given that’s the major underdog in this bout.

Ponzinibbio to win outright

Ponzinibbio is the overwhelming favourite in the fight, which might be due to the fact that he is riding a six-fight win streak. The Argentinian does his best work when he is using all of his Muay Thai tools in a way that is aggressive but well-timed.

He did this in his fights against Court McGee and Gunnar Nelson, where he effectively defended their aggressive approaches, stayed composed and finished them with crisp, powerful strikes early on.

Against Magny, Ponzinibbio may be best served using his powerful leg kicks and mixing them up with crisp rights to the face.

Because Ponzinibbio is such an overwhelming favourite, putting a bet on him is risky, given the low reward as well as the fact that Magny is always dangerous.

Magny to win by TKO/KO

Seven of Magny’s 21 wins have come by TKO/KO. That may seem like a low number, but that is more a testament to the competition he has faced rather than anything about his power.

The truth is, Magny does have strong power in his strikes and can finish just about any fighter. However, we do not recommend a bet on a TKO/KO win for Magny in this fight given that

Ponzinibbio does have great striking defence and is likely to stay well out of the way of the majority of Magny’s strikes.

Ponzinibbio to win by TKO/KO

As previously mentioned, Ponzinibbio has a great Muay Thai base, and has been highly effective in using it in the Octagon. The Argentinian needs to fight from the outside and blast Magny’s long legs with the hard leg kicks for which he has well-known.

If he can stifle Magny’s movement by doing this, Ponzinibbio will be able to more effectively hit Magny with hard strikes to the body and face, and should be able to finish Magny.

 

Our Prediction – Ponzinibbio by KO/TKO

We are going with the bookmakers here and believe that Ponzinibbio will effectively chop Magny down with his crisp leg kicks and eventually finish Magny late in the first or in the second round.

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