It was an exciting night of fights from Glasgow, Scotland as UFC Fight Night made its way back to the UK for the first time since March. Headlining the card was Conor McGregor training partner Gunnar Nelson taking on South American brawler Santiago Ponzinibbio, and from the outside, it looked like maybe the UFC was tossing Nelson a softball for him to hit out of the park in front of a friendly crowd. Unfortunately for Nelson, no one told Ponzinibbio, who spoiled the party by knocking Gunnar out in just 1:22 of round 1.
Nelson looked composed and dangerous leading up to the sudden reversal of fortunes, lunging out with lightning fast punches to catch his opponent. But an overhand right on Nelson’s jaw hurt the Icelandic fighter and Ponzinibbio pounced, peppering Gunnar with shots until one landed clean and crumpled him against the cage.
It’s another unfortunate setback for Nelson, who has been touted as a future champion but hasn’t been able to build up the momentum to become a legit contender in the UFC. Before the Ponzinibbio loss, he had won his last two fights by submitting solid opponents Alan Jouban and Albert Tumenov. Ponzinibbio improves to 6-2 in the UFC and definitely won’t be overlooked in his next appearance.