Mike Perry has had a pretty violence-filled ascendance in the UFC, which really is the only real kind of way to rise up the ranks and make the bosses take notice. And with that climb, comes a step up in competition – so at UFC on FOX 26, it’s all about Perry taking on (and maybe taking out) TUF Brasil stud Santiago Ponzinibbio.

The most dangerous weapon Perry possesses is his cross, so from the outset, it’s clear Ponzinibbio is war of it, and eager to keep it as far away from him as possible. He accomplishes this with kicks to the thigh of Perry’s lead leg, and with a jab. This is the story of the first round, and the subsequent rounds – although Perry does a great job utilizing head movement to get in close and tear up the Argentinean’s face with his own jab. Perry takes Round 1 by virtue of those fists of his, but he’s wearing down.

Ponzinibbio stays the course, despite getting more and more bloody, and he manages to bang his opponent up in the second and third rounds with kicks, punches and a couple of spinning elbows that ending up becoming takedowns. Perry does a good job of getting up whenever horizontal, but those brief instances of groundwork count against him on the scorecards, and when time runs out, he knows full well who deserves the nod.

 

Results: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via Unanimous Decision