Lando Vannata
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USA

Comes up short in likely FOTN
LightweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Vannata lost to Bobby Green via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Vannata and his opponent both stayed busy in the opening round, with Vannata getting one of the bigger early moments from a massive right hook. He was dropped with a right hand of Green's not long afterwards, but got back to his feet and continued to throw aggressively with little regard for defense. Despite his corner discouraging a firefight, this Fight of the Night pace continued into the second round. He had Green in a guillotine around the midway point of Round 2, but Green escaped and ended up in the advantageous position. After getting back to the feet, Vannata had one more takedown in him in the final minute, but wasn't able to do much with it. The rounds were close, but Green seemingly had the edge with his striking, particularly an effective jab. In the first minute of the third round, Vannata was dropped, laid flat on his back and started eating heavy ground-and-pound in the form of Green elbows. He miraculously rolled out of it and got back to his feet for more action, but was taken down by Green shortly after. Back to his feet and likely needing a finish with 90 seconds left, Vannata appeared game but was starting to wear the damage heavily. Green continued to pull away in the striking department, and while Vannata continued to bring the heat, it wasn't quite enough. Vannata certainly won't lose any fans with this loss, and after an early night of lackluster fights, this bout will essentially be a shoe-in for Fight of the Night honors, barring something amazing happening later on (the FOTN status was later confirmed by Dana White).
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Sweeps scorecards in Rio Rancho
LightweightUFC
February 15, 2020
Vannata defeated Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It was a relatively close first round, and despite eating a few body kicks, Vannata seemed to have the bigger moments and came away with the lead in the striking numbers. The second round was much more tightly contested and could have gone either way, but Vannata seemed to really turn up the heat in the third frame. By the midway point, he had Medeiros bleeding from his nose and mouth, and continued pressing forward with shots to the head and body. Medeiros tried to make up for it by throwing with reckless abandon, but Vannata avoided the big shot and held on for the win. It's still been an up-and-down run with the UFC, however, as Vannata has yet to string together consecutive wins despite nine trips to the Octagon.
Heads to Rio Rancho
LightweightUFC
December 20, 2019
Vannata will face Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night in Rio Rancho, NM on Feb. 15, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vannata will be looking to right the ship in February after losing his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night 160 to Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision. The loss moved his overall record to 10-4.
Drops decision to Diakiese
LightweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Vannata lost to Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
While this fight was relatively close on paper heading in, Vannata didn't appear to win a round in this one. He was bloodied up a bit in the first period, and it didn't get much better from there. While kickboxing is thought to be a strength of Vannata, he was outclassed by Diakiese in that area. Vannata lost the battle of significant strikes 25 to 40, and was also taken down four times in the bout. While Vannata offers no shortage of entertainment due to his propensity for spinning attacks, he's now competed in the UFC eight times and has just two wins to show for it.
Booked for UFC Copenhagen
LightweightUFC
August 13, 2019
Vannata will face Marc Diakiese at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Dominates on the floor
LightweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Vannata defeated Marcos Mariano via submission (Kimura) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
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.