While covering UFC on Fuel TV 10 in Fortaleza, Brazil, The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian spoke with The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2‘s Santiago Ponzinibbio.

The pair discussed Ponzinibbio’s injury which forced him out of the reality show’s final against William “Patolino” Macario, who he thought would win the final and when he plans to return to the Octagon.

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Who do you think will win the final?
It will be a sensational fight. They are two guys worthy of being in the final. “Patolino” has heavy hands and Leo Santos is very technical, can take the fight by submission or decision. I think each fighter has an equal chance.

How is your recovery from injury going?
I’m almost released, we’re in the home stretch with my doctors. I have returned to some training. I want to get back to the world-famous Octagon.

Any news you would like to pass on?
We have very good news, I was given a contract by the UFC. I’m super happy. Now I must train hard and come back stronger.

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Santiago qual seu palpite para a final do TUF 2?
Vai ser uma luta sensacional, dois caras merecedores de estarem na final. Patolino tem mãos pesadas, e o Léo Santos é muito técnico, pode levar a luta por finalização ou decisão. Tem 50 por cento de chance para cada lutador.

Como está se recuperando da lesão?
Estou quase liberado, estamos na reta final  com meus médicos. Voltei a treinar para poder estar no octógono mais famoso do mundo.

Alguma notícia que gostaria de nos passar?
Temos uma notícia muito boa, fui contratado pelo Ultimate, estou super feliz. Agora é treinar muito e voltar mais forte.


Photo: Santiago Ponzinibbio (Colin Foster/Sherdog)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.