The stacked UFC 245 pay-per-view (PPV) card just lost one-half of a phenomenal welterweight clash. Initially, Santiago Ponzinibbio was expected to take on former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler.
However, according to a report from MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn, Ponzinibbio has been forced out of the bout with a staph infection. Other arrangements are being made, however, it was not specified what those might be. Perhaps the fight will be pushed to a later date, or Lawler will receive a replacement opponent.
The UFC has not officially announced Ponzinibbio’s withdrawal from the UFC 245 bout. Lawler currently rides a three-fight losing streak while Ponzinibbio was hoping to extend a seven-fight win streak with a massive win over a legend in “Ruthless.” UFC 245 goes down from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14.
The card currently features three amazing title fights. Amanda Nunes puts her women’s bantamweight title up for grabs against former foe Germaine de Randamie. Also, Max Holloway defends his featherweight strap against Alexander Volkanovski. And finally, in the main event of the night, Kamaru Usman makes his first-ever welterweight title defense against Colby Covington.
What do you think about Ponzinibbio’s withdrawal from UFC 245? Who should Lawler fight instead?