Zak Cummings is a TUF vet who’s seen some success in the Octagon proper since his run on the show. Santiago Ponzinibbio is a TUF Brasil vet who’s seen similar success since become a real UFC fighter, so we have two guys pretty much in the same place in their career getting it on.
Ponzinibbio needs about a minute and a half to find his range, at which point he begins to land combinations to the American’s face. This prompts Cummings to shoot hard for a takedown – maybe to get the fight to the ground, maybe just to make the Argentinean worry about the change of scenery. It does neither, as Ponzinibbio cracks him with a head-kick and bangs him up with more punches to the head. Cummings remains standing, but he’s probably not going to win any gunfights in this one. The American gets a brief takedown before the horn sounds.
For some reason Cummings thinks he can win this one on the feet, and Round 2 has him engaging in a boxing match that invariably has him eating leather in most of the exchanges. Cummings does land a left here and a kick there, but Ponzinibbio soon has him dinged up with a mouse growing under Cummings’ eye. By the end of the round the TUF Brasil vet is wearing a little damage; however, Cummings is getting uglier by the second.
It’s all about the damage in the third, with Ponzinibbio just tearing into Cummings with superior boxing and movement, and Cummings losing a little bit of his soul with each passing second. Credit to Cummings for hanging in there, but yeesh, he took a beating.
Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Zak Cummings via Unanimous Decision