The last time Santiago Ponzinibbio was on stage, showing all his power inside the cage of UFC, it was precisely in his own Argentina. On that occasion, in the only event that took place in Buenos Aires, in November 2018, it was when she achieved a new victory. There, he knocked out Neil Magny in the fourth round. He fulfilled his dream of fighting in his country and put together his seventh victory in a row in the welterweight category, which left him on the verge of going for the title. However, in the following years everything went downhill and he could not fight again. After overcoming various injuries and 25 days with COVID-19, the fighter broke the silence.
“Many people wonder when I fight, why I don’t come back and the truth is that many obstacles appeared. Everyone already knows that I had a very complicated health problem, but it was much more complex than it came to light. At the time I did not want to give interviews. I had a blood infection, it was very serious, and I was hospitalized twice with a very complicated treatment. The doctors took a long time to find that at the same time of the infection also reactive arthritis and the tendons were inflamed. So I started rehabilitation when the doctors had already removed the catheter. It is a hose that goes under the arm and goes to the heart, where they put me on medications, “began the Argentine.
“When I recover from that after three months of medication I go to Las Vegas to make the recovery and the muscle was not improving. We started doing checkups and there was discovered about reactive arthritis. This produced inflammation in certain parts of my body and made the muscles not work. That took me a lot of months. When I was able to start rehabilitation, all this was in November, with corticosteroids and medications, I started to recover. It turned out that I was going to fight Robbie Lawler, all lies, I never confirmed that fight because I couldn’t walk, I was in Las Vegas doing the rehabilitation very complicated, “he said at the same time.