The UFC is wrapping up a welterweight showdown between Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio and Geoff Neal for UFC 269, multiple sources told ESPN.
Both sides agreed to the 170-pound bout and it should be made official shortly. The UFC 269 PPV event is scheduled for December 11. The UFC has not announced an official location, but it is expected to take place in Las Vegas.
Ponzinibbio (28-4) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Miguel Baeza in June. Ponzinibbio returned in 2021 after a 26-month absence. He suffered a knockout loss to Li Jingliang in January before bouncing back with the victory over Baeza. Prior to that January fight, the Argentine had not fought since November 2018 due to injuries.
Neal (13-4) of Dallas is looking to break a two-game losing streak. The 31-year-old started his UFC career with five wins, but has suffered setbacks in back-to-back fights against Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny. It was limited to a single appearance in 2020 for health reasons. This will be his second fight of 2021.
A lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier will headline UFC 269.