Streaking UFC welterweight contender, Santiago ‘Gente Boa’ Ponzinibbio, has called for a pairing with former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos – for his first Octagon appearance since November of 2018. Injuries have plagued the promotional stint of Ponzinibbio recently, forcing him from high profile matchups with current division champion, Kamaru Usman, and former division champion, Robbie Lawler.
Taking to his official Twitter account this evening, the 33-year-old Argentinian revealed he had asked the promotion for a bout with ‘RDA’, before urging the Brazilian to do the same.
“I spoke to the ufc and @RdosAnjosMMA You have to call them and tell them you want to fight me. I told ufc (sic) already I am ready and they are waiting on You as usual. Stop being a phony (sic) and call them!
I spoke to the ufc and @RdosAnjosMMA You have to call them and tell them you want to fight me. I told ufc already I am ready and they are waiting on You as usual. Stop being a phony and call them!
— Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) May 20, 2020
Former UFC lightweight titleholder, dos Anjos, who turns 36-years-old in October has had a mixed bag of success since his move to 170-pounds back in June of 2017. dos Anjos holds a record of 3-4 in the division, earning an interim title tilt against Colby Covington back in June of 2018 at UFC 225.
The Evolve MMA product has managed wins over former Strikeforce welterweight best, Tarec Saffiedine, the aforementioned, Magny and Lawler, and an arm-triangle stoppage of Kevin Lee. In his two most recent outings, dos Anjos has endured a two-fight skid, losing unanimous decisions to Leon Edwards, and Michael Chiesa.