UFC’s Santiago Ponzinibbio invites Anthony Pettis to ‘come get this beating’

It appears Santiago Ponzinibbio knows exactly who he wants to fight next.

On Monday, Ponzinibbio took to Instagram to specifically call for a fight with former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who made a successful debut at welterweight last month.

Pettis found himself in a difficult fight with Stephen Thompson until he ended it with a Superman punch with five seconds remaining in the second round, producing a "Knockout of the Year" candidate at UFC on ESPN+ 6.

Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) previously told MMA Junkie that he considered Pettis and former champion Tyron Woodley as two viable options for his return to the octagon. However, with Woodley booked in a rematch against Robbie Lawler, Ponzinibbio appears to be all in on Pettis (22-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) and takes issue with the fact that "Showtime" has landed one spot ahead of him in the latest official UFC rankings.

Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 140. (USA TODAY Sports)

He wrote: "@showtimepettis , there's no way I'm going to allow you be ahead of me, come get this beating, you won't get lucky like last time."

The Argentinian Ponzinibbio, 32, most recently appeared in the octagon last November. A hometown headliner and a fourth-round knockout of Neil Magny earned him a seventh straight win.

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