A welterweight tilt took place at UFC Fight Night 92 in Salt Lake City, Utah. “The Ultimate Fighter” season 17 competitor Zak Cummings (19-5) met Santiago Ponzinibbio (23-3) inside the Octagon.
“Gente Boa” earned his third straight win.
An early body kick from Cummings was blocked. A left hand found the mark for Cummings. A combination landed for Ponzinibbio. Cummings ate a head kick from “Gente Boa.” Time was called as Ponzinibbio was accidentally kicked low. Herb Dean warned Cummings to keep the kicks up and the action resumed. Cummings scored a double leg takedown, but Ponzinibbio got up quickly and time later expired.
The second round was underway and some swelling formed over the left eye of Cummings. A left hand countered landed for Ponzinibbio. A cut formed under the left eye of “Gente Boa.” Cummings went for a takedown, but couldn’t get it. Ponzinibbio landed a body kick. Cummings had his high kick blocked. He ate a punch for his takedown attempt. Blood trickled down the nose of “Gente Boa.” Cummings got hit with a counter right hand. A straight left hand found the target for Cummings and the round ended shortly after.
Ponzinibbio showed fast movement, avoiding a takedown and landed counter punches early in the final stanza. “Gente Boa” backed up his opponent after a straight right connected. A one-two combination landed for Ponzinibbio. A straight right hand popped Cummings. The final horn sounded and all three judges score the fight for “Gente Boa.”
Final Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)