UFC 269 Update: Welterweights Santiago Ponzinibbio, Geoff Neal to Clash on Dec. 11

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 12, 2021

A welterweight showdown between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Geoff Neal is on tap for UFC 269.

ESPN was first to report that the promotion is on the verge of finalizing the bout. UFC 269 is expected to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a lightweight championship matchup between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.

Ponzinibbio returned for the first time since November 2018 at UFC on ABC 1, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Jingliang Li on Jan. 16. The Argentina native bounced back in his most recent outing, taking a three-round verdict over Miguel Baeza at UFC Fight Night 189 on June 5. Ponzinibbio has won eight of nine Octagon appearances dating back to December 2015.

Neal began his promotional tenure with five consecutive triumphs to emerge as one of the hottest prospects in the UFC’s welterweight divison. The Fortis MMA product came back to reality in his last two outings, however, falling to Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny via unanimous decision.

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