Lando Vannata


Booked for UFC Copenhagen
August 13, 2019
Vannata will face Marc Diakiese at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28, reports.
Vannata earned just his second victory in seven UFC fights, though two of those wound up as draws. Diakese is in a similar boat, having gotten back on track with a victory following three straight defeats. Vannata surrenders an inch of height and two inches of reach to Diakiese, who also owns an advantage in takedowns per 15 minutes, but Vannata has landed more and a higher percentage of his significant strike attempts per 15 minutes. Considering the two have gone the distance in four of their seven bouts, there's a significant chance this fight will last the full three rounds.
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Dominates on the floor
February 9, 2019
Vannata defeated Marcos Mariano via submission (Kimura) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
Vannata took care of this fight in impressive fashion. He scored an early takedown, worked into a dominant position and locked in the fight ending Kimura lock. Vannata had not won in the UFC since 2016, so he really needed this victory. During the stretch, he had two draws, but it is still nice to right the ship.
Booked for UFC 234
January 24, 2019
Vannata will take on Marcos Mariano in a lightweight bout at UFC 234 in Melbourne on Feb. 9, reports.
Vannata is riding a four-fight winless streak heading into February's matchup, as he's had two draws in his last three fights. Most recently, he fought Matt Frevola to a draw at UFC 230 in New York City back in November. Mariano, who will be standing between Vannata and his first win since late 2016, has won four of his last five fights.
Winless streak at four after draw Saturday in NYC
November 3, 2018
Vannata and Matt Frevola fought to a majority draw (28-29, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
Make that two draws for Vannata in his past three fights. Despite scoring a pair of knockdowns and winning the striking battle by a count of 80-66, Vannata once again left the octagon without a victory under his belt. It's a major concern for a fighter who hasn't won a fight (0-2-2) in nearly two years. As entertaining and tough as Vannata is, his overall defense is well below-average and it's costing him. He seems likely to walk away with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for this war, but Vannata needs to do whatever is necessary, even if it makes fighting a safer fight, to emerge victorious his next time out.
Looks to rebound against Matt Frevola
October 17, 2018
Vannata will take on Matt Frevola at UFC 230 in New York on Nov. 3, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
Neither fighter has had much luck since joining the UFC. Frevola lasted just one minute into his debut fight before getting knocked out by Marco Polo Reyes in January. Vannata at least has one win, knocking out John Makdessi in the first round of UFC 206 back in Dec. 2016, but has a 1-3-1 record in the competition overall. He most recently lost to Drakkar Klose by unanimous decision at UFC 225 in July.
Trending in wrong direction after loss to Drakkar Klose
July 7, 2018
Vannata lost to Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Now five fights into his UFC career, Vannata is trending in the wrong direction. He looked particularly awful on Saturday. Vannata's aggressiveness often leads to him being unable to defend himself on the feet, and if he isn't scoring on those initial thrusts, and he didn't in this one, Groovy is going to come up short on the judge's scorecards. Most concerning of all is the fact that Vannata has shown no signs of tangible progress despite training with the Jackson-Wink camp on a daily basis. The 26-year-old needs to rebound in his next fight.