Santiago Ponzinibbio gets Alex Morono as replacement opponent for UFC 282

Santiago Ponzinibbio is going to compete on Saturday after all.

The UFC welterweight veteran got a replacement opponent on Monday night after that same day, his original booking against former UFC champion Robbie Lawler had fallen through due to injury. Now, Ponzinibbio is set to take on Alex Morono at a catchweight of 180 pounds on the main card of UFC 282 in Las Vegas.

The news was first reported by David Van Auken, and later confirmed by MMA Junkie by multiple people with knowledge of the situation. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because UFC hasn’t made an official announcement.

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Ponzinibbio (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is looking to bounce back from a pair of close, split decision defeats to Michel Pereira and Geoff Neal. He last competed in May, where he fell short to Brazil’s Pereira in a contest that won Fight of the Night.

Morono (22-7 MMA, 11-4 UFC), on the other hand, last fought in July at UFC 277 where he defeated Matthew Semelsberger in a unanimous decision. The victory improved Morono’s winning streak to four in a row.

The latest UFC 282 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev

  • Jared Gordon vs. Paddy Pimblett

  • Alex Morono vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

  • Dricus Du Plessis vs. Darren Till

  • Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria

PRELIMINARY CARD( ESPN 2, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Chris Daukaus vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

  • Jay Perrin vs. Raul Rosas Jr.

  • Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

  • Ovince Saint Preux vs. opponent TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5:30 p.m. ET)

  • Joaquin Buckley vs. Chris Curtis

  • Alexander Hernandez vs. Billy Quarantillo

  • TJ Brown vs. Erik Silva

  • Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador

  • Steven Koslow vs. Cameron Saaiman

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie