Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Alan Jouban
The “Ponz” as I have come to call him performed excellently Saturday night in his dismantling of Zak Cummings. Cummings was surely game as he took a legitimate thrashing from Santiago yet refused to go down quietly. This, however, never deterred Ponzinibbio from carrying out an efficient striking-based gameplan that won him all three rounds on the judges score cards. The “Ponz” has certainly proven himself aa a legitimate rising up-and-comer and now holds a solid three-fight winning streak with two knockouts. He’s earned himself a chance to fry bigger fish and one with patrticular name value who is also looking to catapult himself into the top-15 is exciting striker Alan Jouban who is coming off a Fight of the Night bout at UFC Fight Night 91.
Thales Leites vs. Robert Whittaker
Thales Leites got back on the horse Saturday night in breaking a two-fight losing streak to now current champion Michael Bisping and top contender Gegard Mousasi. In submitting Camozzi Leites still remains a relevant contender among the best Middleweights in the world, but in the titanic landscape that the 185 pound weight class Leites will have his work cut out for him if he ever wishes to see a champion across from him in the Octagon. Meaning a fellow rising contender is his next likely opponent, and who better than surprising dark horse Robert Whittaker who currently is riding four-fight winning streak since making his move up to Middleweight.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins
Bermudez continues to remain a stable threat in the UFC’s Featherweight division. Once thought to be the next Featherweight title contender, Dennis has since rebounded with two dominant victories. Another win or two and he could see himself back in the running as a title contender, should the division actually ever move along. Elkins makes the most sense considering he is riding a healthy three-fight winning streak. A fight like Elkins will test the grit of both men and will surely present to us a very interesting bout.
Yair Rodriguez vs. Cub Swanson
Rodriguez continues to shine after a Fight of the Night victory over Alex Caceres. Now with a main event victory and four-fight winning streak under his belt Yair can finally take on the bigger fish in the 145 pound sea. There’s fewer fish in the sea that can bring as exciting a fight Yair’s way than Cub Swanson who himself nabbed a phenomenal win against a very game Tatsuya Kawajiri Saturday night.