Robbie Lawler faces Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 245
Robbie Lawler (pictured) is expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 245 | Pic: Facebook/RobbieRuthlessLawler

Welterweight battle between Robbie Lawler and Santiago Ponzinibbio is in the works for UFC 245, MMA Junkie reported citing “multiple people close to the situation”. The final pay-per-view fight card for 2019 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA on December 15 (AEST).

Robbie Lawler (28-14, 1 NC) is a former UFC Welterweight champion. The 37-year-old American mixed martial artist lost three of his previous bouts. Early August he suffered the defeat by unanimous decision against Colby Covington. Prior to that he faced a (controversial) defeat by submission against Ben Askren in the first-round and dropped a unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos. “Ruthless’s” most recent win dates back to July 2017 when he earned a unanimous decision against Donald Cerrone.

Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-7) is riding the seven-fight win streak. The 32-year-old Argentinian MMA fighter was last seen in action in November 2018 when he stopped Neil Magny in the fourth round. Prior to that he scored a unanimous decision against Nike Perry and KO’d Gunnar Nelson in Round 1.

The Lawler vs. Ponzinibbio bout is yet to be formally announced by the promotion.

Among the bouts confirmed for UFC 245, Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie. The pair meets in a rematch.

The headline-bout for UFC 245 is yet to be set. The announced to date list of matchups can be found below.

Women’s Bantamweight Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Women’s Flyweight Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
Welterweight Robbie Lawler vs. face Santiago
Welterweight Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders