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UFC Fight Night 140 live results: Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio, emanating from Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Octagon travels to Argentina for the very first time with a fellow Argentinian on the rise at 170 pounds in the headline bout.

The main event is a five-round bout between top ten ranked welterweights at eighth-ranked Neil Magny looks for his third straight win when he takes on tenth-ranked Santiago Ponzinibbio, winner of six straight fights.

In the co-main event, it will be a featherweight bout as Ricardo Lamas takes on Darren Elkins. Also on the main card is a lightweight bout between Khalil Rountree and Johnny Walker, and a women's bout between Cynthia Calvillo, who will still compete despite missing weight in a scary situation at weigh-ins, as she takes on Poliana Botelho.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.


> Nad Narimani (11-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Anderson Dos Santos (20-6, 0-0 UFC)

Technical issues caused me to miss most of the first two rounds but judging from the commentary, Narimani handily won them. In the third, he took Dos Santos down and kept him down. He didn't do a ton of damage but enough to avoid a standup. Total significant strikes in the fight were 92-45 for Narimani and he got two takedowns and about 4 minutes of top control time. 

Official result - Nad Narimani (12-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Devin Powell (9-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jesus Pinedo (15-4-1, 0-0 UFC)

Tough first round to score. Pinedo, on three separate occasions, caught a kick and threw Pinedo to the ground. The first two times, he did nothing and didn't even go to the ground with him before backing off and forcing Powell up. Powell dominated on the feet with several exchanges that backed up Pinedo and landed some great knees from the clinch. The last throwdown came with 15 seconds left and this time Pinedo went to the ground and landed a bunch of hammer fists before the round ended. 10-9 Pinedo

Slow start to the round with both guys throwing kicks from distance and Powell controlling the pace. Powell was probably slightly winning on the feet. Then Pineda caught a kick with 2 minutes left and threw him down, as in the first. This time, he stayed close enough that Powell couldn't stand up but wouldn't go to the ground with him. This went on for almost the entire round with Pinedo occasionally moving in to land a punch and then stand up again. He did land a nice flurry with 15 seconds left and most likely took the round. 10-9 Pinedo, 20-18

Similar to the 2nd round. Standup was fairly even but halfway through the round Pinedo caught a kick and threw Powell down. Same deal with Powell throwing upkicks and Pinedo refusing to go to the ground with him. Ref only let it go on for a minute before forcing Powell to stand. In the last minute, Powell was advancing but wasn't landing much. He tried a takedown with 15 seconds left but Pinedo defended it. 10-9 Pinedo, 30-27

Official result - Jesus Pinedia (16-4-1) by unanimous decision (no scores announced)


> Laureano Staropoli (7-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Hector Aldana (4-1, 0-1 UFC)

Wild first round. Several times both guys just threw down with everything they had and no defence and both did signficant damage. Aldana had a cut around his left eye that was bleeding heavily and he was covered in blood midway through the round. Staropoli had a nasty hematoma above his right eye and it was swelling with blood coming out the bottom of it. Aldana was landing a higher percentage of his strikes but the way these two are going, there will likely be a finish at some point. Ref stopped the fight to look at the cut of Aldana midway through the round and did the same at the start of the 2nd. 10-9 Aldana 

Staropoli did much better this round with both guys slowing down a bit. Staropoli was landing the harder strikes on the feet and reopened the cut on Aldana and also may have broken his nose. Aldana was covered in blood by the end of the round. Aldana was landing hard leg kicks but Staropoli looked to have landed a lot more strikes and definitely did more damage and should take the round. 10-9 Staropoli, 19-19. 

Ref stopped the fight again at the start of the round to check the eye of Aldana but let them fight. This round was all Staropoli. He was landing all kinds of punch combos and then moving out of the way before he could absorb any damage. At one point, with about 90 seconds left, the total strikes landed in round 3 were 26-6 for Staropoli and he didn't exactly slow down after that. A few times he had Aldana backed up and looked like he might finish him with a few more punches but he would back off. 10-9 Staropoli, almost a 10-8 and 29-28 overall

Official result - Laureano Staropoli (8-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Staropoli cut a promo in his native language in tears and the crowd responded to it but it seemed to lose a little in translation. The jist of it was that he was dedicating the fight to his family and friends and wanted more UFC fighters from Argentina

> Humberto Bandenay (14-5 1 NC, 1-1 UFC) vs. Austin Arnett (15-5, 0-2 UFC)

Bandenay wa the more aggressive fighter in the round, landing all kinds of combos. Arnett kept trying to clinch up on the cage but couldnt' keep him there and took damage when they would break. At one point, the ref broke up a cage clinch cause nothing was happening. Bandenay landed a couple of nice kicks to the body and followed up with a punch combo that looked like it could finish Arnett but he stayed on his feet and even landed a flash takedown with 15 seconds left. 10-9 Bandenay

Not much happened in round 2. Arnett kept trying to clinch on the cage and when they would, nothing would happen and the ref either broke it up or they broke on their own. He had a couple of takedown attempts that were defended. When they weren't clinching, the standup was fairly even. Bandenay got a late takedown that may have stolen the round but it was very close. 10-9 Bandenay, 20-18 overall

Arnett totally dominated round 3 as Bandenay simply ran out of gas, having gone a total of 1 minute combined in his two previous UFC fights. Arnett got a takedown midway through the round after dominating on the feet. He landed a ton of ground and pound and at one point the ref looked like he might even stop it but Arnett let up. Total strikes in the round at one point were 37-2 for Arnett. 10-9 Arnett, borderline 10-8. It all comes down to how round 2 was scored. 29-28 Bandenay for me

Official result - Austin Arnett (16-5) by unanimous decision (29-28; 29-27 x 2)

> Alexandre Pantoja (#9, 19-3, 3-1 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (#13, 21-5-2, 4-4 UFC)

Sasaki got a takedown right away but Pantoja threw up a triangle attempt. He transitioned to an armbar. Sasaki managed to fight it off and landed some hammer fists but Pantoja scrambled and took the back. Pantoja very quickly secured a rear naked choke. Sasaki tried to fight it off but eventually tapped. 

Official result - Alexandre Pantoja (20-3) by submissionn (rear naked choke) at 2:18

That was Pantoja's 7th first round finish and 4th win in 5 UFC fights. He called out Joseph Benavides. They may have to fight at 135 with this division going away soon. 

> Michel Prazeres (25-2, 9-2 UFC) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (14-2, 3-0 UFC)

Fabinski moved in for a takedown to start. Prazers defended it and then floored Fabinski with a punch. He was all over him on the ground with punches and elbows and the ref was close to stopping it. Fabinski got to his feet and Fabinski took him down with a mounted guillotine and got a quick tap. 

Official result - Michel Prazeres (26-2) by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:02

That was Prazeres' 8th win in a row and 2nd since moving up a weight class. He was already in the top 10 at 170 and with this, could move into the top 5. This was also his 10th first round finish. His win streak trails only Max Holloway, Khabib, Tony Ferguson and Robert Whitaker....all of them current or recent title holders. 

Prazers combared his win to David vs Goliath and he asked Dana White and Sean Shelby to let him move back to 155. Not sure why he'd want to do that since he's looked great at welterweight. 


> Cynthia Calvillo (6-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Poliana Botelho (7-1, 2-0 UFC)
Women's Strawweights* (Calvillo missed weight by 2 pounds)

Botelho had a huge reach advantage and used it to keep her distance early, landing kicks. Calvillo got an early takedown after catching a kick but Botelho was right up. Calvillo was landing occasional punches on the feet but Botelho landed more kicks. Calvillo got another takedown with 2 minutes left and went into side control right away. She was landing elbows to the body and head and Botelho worked her back to half guard. Calvillo continued to land, including a barrage of punches to the head. As Botelho was trying to defend, Calvillo secured a rear naked choke and got a quick tap.

Official result - Cynthia Calvillo (7-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48

Calvillo was emotional in her post-fight promo and did a message in Spanish to the fans that wasn't translated but they responded well to. She says that as soon as it goes to the ground, she knows the fight is hers. This was her third finish, which is tied for second in the history of the strawweight divsion. Given that she only debuted last year, that's pretty impressive. 

> Guido Cannetti (8-3, 2-2 UFC) vs. Marlon Vera (11-5-1, 5-4 UFC)

Cannetti had the crowd singing for him from the introductions on and came out like a house of fire. He was more aggressive the entire round, moving forward and landing all kinds of punches and kicks. He got two takedowns as well and on the second one, he went to the ground with Vera. Vera threw up a couple of submission attempts but Cannetti did a lot of ground and pound and should easily take the round. 10-9 Cannetti 

What a difference a round makes. Vera came out strong and landed a bunch of knees to the body and head early and dropped Cannetti. Cannetti managed to get to his feet and Vera pulled him down with a guillotine. Cannetti escaped that and got to his feet. Vera chased him down and landed a barrage of punches that dropped him. Vera quickly took the back and secured a rear naked choke and Cannetti tapped right away.

Official result - Marlon Vera (12-5-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:31 of Round 2

That was Vera's 2nd straight 2nd round submission win. Vera asked for UFC to bring a show to his home country of Ecuador. Vera said he always starts slow in the first round and he's working on that. He also said it's hard to fight someone you're friends with and put over Cannetti to the crowd, who cheered him. He said he didn't want to fight an Argentinian, but it's business. 

> Cezar Ferreira (13-6, 9-4 UFC) vs. Ian Heinisch (11-1, 0-0 UFC)

Prazeres got an early takedown but Heinisch got right up. Not a lot was happening on the ground with Ferreira constantly trying to clinch and Heinisch landing kicks from distance. During a clinch. Heinisch dragged Ferreira down with an arm-in guilotine but Ferreira escaped and maintained top control Heinisch had an armbar attempt at the end of the round. 10-9 Ferreira but close 

Ferreira got a takedown to start the round. Heinisch was right up but then taken down again. Ferreira couldn't do anything with the position and Heinisch was able to get to his feet. Standup was terrible and the crowd was booing and whistling throughout. Ferreira got another takedown later in the round but again couldn't do anything. Heinisch got a late knockdown and finished with a barrage of punches that may have stolen a close round. 10-9 Heinisch, 19-19 overall

Ferreira got an early takedown again but couldn't keep Heinisch down. Heinisch started lighting him up on the feet and then got a takedown. Heinisch was landing elbows and punches on the ground and was trying to set up a head and arm choke. Ferreira managed to get to his feet and clinch. Heinisch got away and was chasing him around the Octagon and Ferreira was very tired eating a lot of punches. Crazy punch exchange at the end and Ferreira nearly fell on his face when the fight was over. 10-9 Heinisch, 29-28 overall

Official result - Ian Heinisch (12-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Heinisch got a post-fight promo but didn't say much, other than complimenting the fans in Argentina, despite the fact they booed almost the entire fight. 

> Khalil Rountree (7-2 1 NC, 3-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Johnny Walker (14-3, 0-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Rountree landed a couple of hard leg kicks early and Walker was mocking him, pretending that they hurt. Rountree went to the cage clinch but Walker muscled him away and took him to the other side of the Octagon. Walker then landed a hard elbow from the clinch that knocked Rountree out cold. He followed up with a couple of punches before the ref could stop it. 

WINNER - JOHNNY WALKER (15-3) by knockout (elbow) at 1:57

Walker showed a lot of personality in his post-fight promo. He bowed to his knees, showing respect for Rountree and then cut a promo in English, saying he was very happy and having fun at his job. On the 2nd question, he said he didn't understand anything after the translator asked the question and then he just said "my elbow hurts". He then asked for a post-fight performance bonus off-mic, which he'll probably get. 

Walker is 6 ft 6 and has a lot of personality and could be a future star. This was his 14th win by stoppage. 

> Ricardo Lamas (#13, 18-7, 9-5 UFC) vs. Darren Elkins (#14, 24-6, 14-5 UFC)

Lamas was dominating on the feet, landing a lot of punches. Elkins kept trying to clinch up. Elkins scored a takedown with 30 seconds left. Lamas to his feet but Elkins took his back right before the round ended. 10-9 Lamas

Lamas got an early takedown but Elkins was up quickly. Elkins got one but Lamas reversed position and landed punches and elbows to the head before Elkins could get up. Lamas was landing all kinds of punches and kicks on the feet and then landed a couple of vicious leg kicks and Elkins was having a hard time standing. Lamas continued to do damage on the feet right until the end of the round. 10-8 Lamas, 20-17 overall

Lamas came out with punches and Elkins was having a hard time moving but stayed in there. Elkins was landing punches of his own but wasn't doing much damage. Lamas was throwing occasional leg kicks but also landed a couple of takedowns. Elkins would get up, without taking too much damage and kept trying to go to the cage. Finally, Lamas got a hard takedown and moved right into side control. Lamas was landing elbows and then postured up. Elkins was landing upkicks from his back but then Lamas landed hammerfists and hard elbows. Elkins was trying to cover up but Lamas moved in with punches and the ref finally stopped. 

Official result - Ricardo Lamas (19-7) by TKO (punches) at 4:09 of the 3rd round

Ricardo Lamas plugged his fight team and his new gym. He asked for time off at Christmas to spend time with his family but wasn't considering retirement and wants a title shot down the road. 

> Neil Magny (#8, 21-6, 14-5 UFC) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (#10, 26-3, 8-2 UFC)

Ponzinibbio was pushing the past the entire round. He hurt Magny's right eye with a jab early and Magny was defending it for most of the round, which left him vulnerable to several punch combos. Ponzinibbio was also landing hard leg kicks and Magny was having trouble moving at times. Ponzinibbio landed a great punch combo at the end of the round that had Magny in trouble and if the round was a little longer, he might have finished it. 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio dropped Magny several times with hard leg kicks. Most of the time he just let him back up but on a couple of occasions, he did land standing leg kicks. Ponzinibbio did have a cut opened up above his left eye from a head butt but he was landing all kind of punches and kicks on the feet and Magny was in trouble several times and was limping a lot. By the end of the round, he was wincing just at the thread of a leg kick and Ponzinibbio rocked him with a hard jab with about 30 seconds left. 10-8 Ponzinibbio and 20-17 overall

Ponzinibbio didn't knock Magny down at all in the third but every time he landed a leg kick, Magny was either hopping or hobbling. Magny did manage to land more jabs from distance this round and also landed some leg kicks of his own. Ponzinibbio seemed to be picking his spots more and when he did land, he landed hard. Much closer round but 10-9 Ponzinibbio, 30-26 overall

Ponzinibbio knocked Magny down twice in the first minute with leg kicks and ref Herb Dean was close to stopping it. Ponzinibbio kept letting him back up. Magny was firing back with jabs. Every time Ponzinibbio landed a leg kick, he'd either go down or limp. He landed another and dropped Magny and then when he got up, he threatened to throw another one but landed a hard punch to the head and Magny fell flat on his face. 

Official result - Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3) by KO (punch) at 2:34 of the 4th round

Ponzinibbio has won 7 straight at 170, the 2nd longest streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman. He says it was a dream to fight in his home country and he's very happy. He says he was patient and took his time, waiting to finish a tough fighter. He says that 2019 will be his year and called out Tyron Woodley, who is working at the FOX desk for this fight. He says he's got 13 wins in 15 fights, including 7 in a row and he deserves a title fight. He cut a promo at the end in Spanish that wasn't translated but the crowd went nuts for. 

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