Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio targeted for UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas

Two of the welterweight division’s notable strikers are expected to throw down at the UFC’s final pay-per-view of the year.

Former UFC champion Robbie Lawler (28-14 MMA, 13-8 UFC) and surging competitor Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) are targeted to face each other at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

Lawler (28-14-1 NC) is on a three-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Colby Covington at UFC Newark in August. He previously lost by submission to Ben Askren at UFC 235 in a controversial way, and missed all of 2018 fights due to a knee injury he suffered in his December 2017 defeat vs. Rafael dos Anjos.

After making his run to the top of the division, Lawler, 37-year-old, last win came in July 2017 when he defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 214.

Meanwhile, Ponzinibbio (27-3) is on a seven-fight winning streak, but he hasn’t competed since a knockout of Neil Magny last November. The 32-year-old Argentinean has earned impressive victories over Mike Perry, Gunnar Nelson, and Nordine Taleb. He’s not lost since a TKO vs. Lorenz Larkin in 2015. According to the current UFC rankings, Ponzinibbio is at #8, while Lawler has fallen down to #13.

UFC 245 does not have a main event, however a women’s bantamweight title bout between Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie is confirmed for the card.