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UFC Argentina’s Ponzinibbio warns Tyron Woodley: ‘I’m going to knock him out’

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“He knows that if he does fight me, I’m going to knock him out, I’m going to take it.”

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Buenos Aires-Ponzinibbio vs Magny Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Surging welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio extended his win streak to seven with his knockout victory over Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 140, and the native Argentinian believes he is the one to dethrone reigning champion Tyron Woodley.

Speaking to the media after his dismantling of Magny, Ponzinibbio warned ‘T-Wood’ that he is coming to knock him out and relieve him of the welterweight title.

“In regards to Woodley, I understand fully why he says that, he wants to hold on to his title as long as possible,” Ponzinibbio said in response to Woodley’s dismissal of him being ready for a title shot (h/t Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “He knows that if he does fight me, I’m going to knock him out, I’m going to take it. So he wants to keep extending his reign for as long as he can and that’s why he keeps saying that I still have a long way to go.”

Despite his impressive seven-fight win streak and victories over the likes of Gunnar Nelson, Mike Perry and Magny, Ponzinibbio is only ranked at #10 in the official UFC 170-pound rankings.

That will likely change after his career-defining performance against Magny, but the 32-year-old expects to take another fight before he challenges Woodley for the title.

Ponzinibbio has his sights set on the winner of the upcoming bout between Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos, which set to take place later this month, Nov. 30 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas.

“It would be a great fight to fight one of those victors, between the Dos Anjos-Usman fight,” Ponzinibbio said. “It’s not math, it’s not just the numbers, the division shifts a lot, but it would be a great fight and I’m really looking forward to one of those.”

Perhaps one of the most underrated fighters in the division, expect Ponzinibbio to surge into the top seven after his latest win.