LAS VEGAS, Nevada — UFC welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio made a late change of opponent when Alex Morono entered the octagon to replace Robbie Lawler at UFC 282 on Saturday night.
“It’s a typical week, crazy. I’ve been in the company for ten years and it’s the first time it’s ever happened to me, but that’s fighting business, right? Things happen, it’s okay, man. I’m glad they have people, you know, Get punched in the face. (Then I) can take my money home, you know,” Ponzinibbio told Cageside Press in other media on Wednesday.
Ponzinibbio (29-6) will face former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 282. An injury over the weekend kept Lawler out of action and Morono replaced him for the Argentine’s match.
Ponzinibbio explained that he was informed of Lawler’s injury on Sunday night, but he was baffled by it. Usually, with only a few days until the real fight, fighters don’t train as hard. Ponzinibbio’s manager informed him of his injury and exit.
“It happens sometimes, you know, fuck it. I told you I’m glad they put other bodies in there. Let’s go,” he said.
In Morono (22-7,1NC), Ponzinibbio has won the welterweight title in the last four fights.
“The opponents have changed, but the goal is the same. The goal is to finish the guy who is still in front of me. I don’t care who (they) are, it’s not personal. I need to smash whatever comes in my way, put me Bring home the money, keep working, keep doing what I do,” Ponzinibbio said.
“What a good boy. He’s won eight of his last 10 fights and is on a four-game winning streak. I think it’s good for him, I think it’s good for him. When I beat this guy, I can prove to the world I’m one of the best welterweights around.”
Watch the entire media day discussion with Santiago Ponzinibbio above. Ponzinibbio will face Alex Morono on December 3 at UFC 282 at the T-Mobile Arena.