Lando Vannata

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Lando Vannata
BornLandon Anthony Vannata[1]
(1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 29)
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States
Other namesGroovy
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155.8 lb (70.7 kg; 11.13 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[2]
TeamJackson Wink MMA Academy (2012–2018)
BMF Ranch (2018–present)
Jackson's MMA Acoma (2018–present)[3]
TrainerGreg Jackson
Nick Urso
Clint Roberts
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision2
By submission1
By decision4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Landon Anthony "Lando" Vannata[5] (/ˈlænd vəˈnætə/; born March 14, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[6] A professional competitor since 2012, he has formerly competed for the RFA and Pancrase.

Early years[edit]

Vannata was born in Neptune, New Jersey[7] and at the age of 13, began wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[8] Vannata later wrestled at an NCAA Division I University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but dropped out after one semester. After dropping out, he left for Albuquerque, New Mexico to join JacksonWink Academy[9][10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vannata made his professional MMA debut in May 2012. He amassed an undefeated record of 8–0 in various promotions over the next four years before joining the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After an injury to Michael Chiesa, Vannata was called on two weeks' notice to fight against ranked #3 lightweight Tony Ferguson on July 16, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 91.[10] After an exciting back-and-forth fight, and almost finishing Ferguson with strikes in the first round he lost by submission in the second round. Both participants were awarded a Fight of the Night bonus.[11][12]

Vannata faced John Makdessi on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206[13] He won the fight via highlight reel spinning heel kick knockout in the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[14][15]

Vannata faced David Teymur on March 4, 2017, at UFC 209.[16] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[17] The fight was awarded Fight of the Night honors.[18]

Vannata was expected to face Abel Trujillo on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216.[19] However, Trujillo was removed from the card on August 14 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Bobby Green.[20] Vannata struck Green with a knee while Green was a grounded opponent, which caused referee Herb Dean to deduct one point from Vannata. The judges handed down a split draw after three round with score of 29-27-27-29 and 28-28.[21] This fight earned him Fight of the Night award.[22]

Vannata was linked to a fight with Gilbert Burns on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29.[23] However, the pairing never materialized as Vannata was unable to accept the fight for this date/event as he was still rehabilitating a recent arm injury.[24]

Vannata faced Drakkar Klose on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226.[25] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[26] After the fight with Klose, Vannata departed from Jackson Wink MMA Academy in the heels of Donald Cerrone's departure. Due to the departure, Vannata begun training at both Cerrone's BMF Ranch and Jackson's MMA Association Gym.[27]

Vannata faced Matt Frevola on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[28] The bout ended in a majority draw.[29] Shortly after the fight, Vannata announced that he became a free agent.[30] In the beginning of 2019, Vannata announced that he had signed a new, four-fight contract with the UFC.[31]

Vannata faced promotional newcomer Marcos Rosa Mariano on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234.[32] He won the fight via a submission in round one.[33]

Vannata faced Marc Diakiese on September 28, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18.[34] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Vannata faced Yancy Medeiros on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 167.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

A rematch with Bobby Green took place on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[38] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[39] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[40]

Vannata is next expected to face Mike Grundy at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021.[41]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 5 1
By decision 2 4
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5–2 Bobby Green Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan August 1, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–4–2 Yancy Medeiros Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 February 15, 2020 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Loss 10–4–2 Marc Diakiese Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier September 28, 2019 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 10–3–2 Marcos Rosa Mariano Submission (kimura) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 1 4:55 Melbourne, Australia
Draw 9–3–2 Matt Frevola Draw (majority) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 9–3–1 Drakkar Klose Decision (unanimous) UFC 226 July 7, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 9–2–1 Bobby Green Draw (split) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Vannata was deducted one point due to an illegal knee. Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–2 David Teymur Decision (unanimous) UFC 209 March 4, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 9–1 John Makdessi KO (wheel kick) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 1 1:40 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 8–1 Tony Ferguson Submission (Brabo choke) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 2 2:22 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 8–0 Ramico Blackmon TKO (punches) TSE: Rocky Mountain Rubicon 2 April 30, 2016 1 2:06 Pueblo, Colorado, United States Won the Top Shelf Entertainment Lightweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Chad Curry TKO (punches and elbows) RFA 32: Blumer vs. Higo November 6, 2015 1 1:29 Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States
Win 6–0 Santana-Sol Martinez Submission (arm-triangle choke) Nemesis Promotions: High Altitude Face Off 7 December 6, 2014 1 1:11 Alamosa, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0 Bruce Reis Submission (heel hook) Jackson's MMA Series 13 August 22, 2014 2 1:07 Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Mitsuyoshi Nakai Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase 255 December 8, 2013 1 4:13 Tokyo, Japan Welterweight bout.
Win 3–0 J.P. Reese Decision (split) Xtreme FC 25: Boiling Point September 6, 2013 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 2–0 Antonio Ramirez Submission (rear-naked choke) Kamikaze Fight League 2 May 29, 2013 1 2:11 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Win 1–0 Adrian Apodaca TKO (punches) Mescalero Warrior Challenge 2 May 12, 2012 1 2:38 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States



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