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Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17

Perry vs. Ponzinibbio

UFC: Saturday, December 16, 2017 (Bell MTS Place)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Mike Perry fight Saturday on UFC on Fox 26 at the Bell MTS Place.

Santiago Ponzinibbio enters this fight with a 25-3 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by knockout. Ponzinibbio has won his last five fights and is coming off a July win over Gunnar Nelson. Ponzinibbio is averaging 4.05 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.8 percent. Ponzinibbio is averaging 0.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 16.6 percent. Ponzinibbio hasn't lost since his 2015 fight with Lorenz Larkin and has a shot to win three fights in one year for the first time since 2012. Ponzinibbio is an aggressive volume striker who uses his legs well and has a reach of 73 inches. Ponzinibbio has produced knockouts in nine of his last 15 victories and showed that he has power in both hands with his surprising knockout in his last fight. Ponzinibbio has simply been impressive the last two years or so under the UFC banner. This will be Ponzinibbio’s second fight in Canada. 

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17

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Mike Perry enters this fight with a 11-1 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Perry has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Alex Reyes. Perry is averaging 4.79 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.6 percent. Perry is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Perry has put together back-to-back victories since his loss to Alan Jouban, and he’s earned performance of the night honors in both bouts. Perry is a pure striker with heavy hands and a deep boxing background that’s allowed him to bully everybody he’s shared the octagon with. Perry wants a fight on his feet and has yet to even attempt a takedown in five UFC fights. It’s no secret what Perry wants to do in the octagon, as he has a 71-inch reach and is always one punch, knee or combination away from ending things, the way he has in all 11 of his victories. Standing up, few can hang with Perry and his striking game. This will be Perry’s first fight in Canada.

This is going to be a hell of a fight between two guys who aren’t that interested in wrestling or grappling, they just want to beat your head in and catch you with a clean strike. This is fun for somebody who follows boxing like myself. An old school brawl until somebody gets caught. As for picking a winner, I’m going to side with Perry. Those who have followed me the last few years know I’m big on guys who find ways to win until they don’t. Perry has given you no reason to bet against him, and while you could argue his resume, victories are victories and the power is so real. Ponzinibbio has proven himself and knocking out Nelson is no small feat, but Perry is simply a loose cannon who brings anger, rage and overwhelming power to the octagon. Almost scary. 

I’m picking Perry until he gives me a reason not to.

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