Within the largest battle of his professional profession, Argentina’s Santiago Ponzinibbio got here up big, knocking out Gunnar Nelson within the first spherical of the primary occasion of the UFC’s return to The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday.

“I’m one of the best striker on this division,” Ponzinibbio. “I’m the subsequent champion of this division. I’m prepared for every part and everybody at one hundred seventy kilos on the earth.”

Nelson staggered Ponzinibbio with an uppercut within the opening seconds of the bout, prompting the La Plata native to cease his aggressive march and start backing off to select his photographs higher. That was an excellent name, as a flush proper hand almost spun Nelson round and despatched him reeling into the fence. There, a left dropped Nelson arduous to the canvas, and a comply with-up proper hand introduced in referee Leon Roberts to halt issues. The official time of the stoppage was 1:22 of spherical one.

With the win, the No. 14-ranked Ponzinibbio ups his report to 25-three. The No. eight-ranked Nelson falls to sixteen-three-1.