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UPDATE: Robbie Lawler Removed From UFC 282 Bout With Santiago Ponzinibbio

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Unfortunate news as just days away from UFC 282, Robbie Lawler was removed from UFC 282’s fight card due to an undisclosed injury. The news was first reported by UFC partner ESPN.

Lawler was scheduled to face fellow Welterweight-Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 282 on the main card this Saturday night. The promotion is actively seeking a replacement, though no one has been named officially yet.

Robbie Lawler

Former Welterweight Champ-Lawler (29-16-1 MMA, 14-10 UFC) has only made one appearance in the cage this year and that was at UFC 276 back in July against Bryan Barberena. Barberena defeated Lawler in the second round via. TKO. After the unfortunate news, it seems that will be the only bout Lawler has this year.

‘Ruthless’ last win came at UFC 266 in September of 2021. Lawler defeated Nick Diaz in his long-awaited return to MMA competition. Lawler won the bout via. TKO in the third round. Prior to the bout with Diaz, Lawler was on a four-fight losing skid. Hopefully, Lawler’s injury isn’t extensive and is manageable to bounce back quickly from.

Santiago Ponzinibbio

The ‘Argentine Dagger’ Ponzinibbio (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is left stranded after the news of Lawler’s withdraw. Ponzinibbio is surely looking to get back in the win column after losing his last two bouts. Ponzinibbio’s last win was against Miguel Baeza in July of 2021, winning that bout by unanimous decision.

Following the win, the Argentina native lost narrowly to Geoff Neal in December of 2021 by split decision and again losing by split decision to Michel Pereira in May earlier this year. Fingers crossed that Ponzinibbio (1-3 in his last four) can get a replacement opponent for this Saturday and work towards getting a win this calendar year.

If the UFC finds a replacement opponent for Ponzinibbio, check back often and we’ll keep you updated with any news on the matter.

Update: Alex Morono will replace Lawler

Morono (11-4-1 UFC, 22-7-1) will step in on six days notice to face Ponzinibbio at a catch weight of 180 lbs.

UFC 282 Full Card

Keep in mind the card is subject to change at any moment. Full card via. Tapology.

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Austin Marr was first introduced to MMA by his father when his father enrolled Austin into Catch Wrestling and MMA classes at the age of eleven in 2007, since then Austin’s passion for the sport grows daily. Austin first started covering the sport in 2018-writing articles and creating video content.