Lando Vannata makes his second UFC outing this Saturday at UFC 206 against veteran John Makdessi. For those of you who know Lando Vanatta, it probably puts a smile on your as you remember the epic round and a half of action he gave us against Tony Ferguson back in July. Vannata came into that fight on short notice after Michael Chiesa was forced to withdraw due to injury. At the time Tony Ferguson was riding a 7 fight win streak including wins over Edson Barboza and Josh Thompson. He was, and still is a feared contender in the stacked light weight division and has since gone on to beat former champ Rafael Dos Anjos to put himself in title contention.
Most were of the opinion that Vannata had no business being in there with Ferguson and predicted an easy win for the mexican native. What transpired however was one the best 1 rounds of action this year. In my opinion it was THE best round of action this year and one of the best 1st rounds I have ever seen. Vannata came out looking incredibly loose and relaxed. It was immediately evident that Vannata had little to no UFC debut jitters and went on give Ferguson maybe the toughest round in his UFC career. Vannata rocked Ferguson on multiple occasions and looked extremely close to finishing him towards the end of the round when he landed a head kick that dropped El Cucuy to the canvas. Ferguson landed some heavy shots of his own but I gave the round to Vannata. By the end of the round it was clear that the short notice call up to fight was starting to have an effect on Vannata as he was visibly tired. Ferguson took advantage of the fatigued Vannata and sunk in a trademark D’arce choke to end the bout in the 2nd round
The bout gave us a taster of what Lando Vannata is capable of. We’ve come to expect top draw fighters from the Jackson Wink Camp down in Albuquerque and Lando is no exception. Vannata has a relaxed style and explodes in and out extremely well. He carries his hands low and utilises movement in a style that has close comparisons to former bantam weight champ TJ Dillshaw. He’s got power in his hands and feet and a legit BJJ game as well. It’s easy to overlook fights ahead of the extremely stacked UFC 206 card but Vannata VS Makdessi is a bout not to be overlooked or missed. I’ll be putting Vannata in my accumulator
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