Lando Vannata



Left without opponent
October 24, 2021
Vannata will no longer be taking on Tucker Lutz at UFC Fight Night 197 on Nov. 13, reports.
Vannata was originally booked to take on Lutz, but the latter is now expected to be moved to a fight a week later against a new opponent. There has been no official word on why the fight has been changed or if Vannata will be getting a new opponent.
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Lined up to face Lutz
August 25, 2021
Vannata is lined up for a matchup against Tucker Lutz at the UFC event scheduled for Nov. 13, Damon Martin of reports.
The match will presumably be contested at featherweight, as Vannata dropped down from lightweight in March to pick up a victory over Mike Grundy in the 145-pound division. While Vannata's UFC results have been a mixed bag, he always brings intensity and high-volume striking to the cage. His opponent, Tucker, is a high-volume striker as well that picked up two unanimous decisions on Dana White's Contender Series before winning his official UFC debut against Kevin Aguilar in May. Vannata is listed as an inch taller, but he'll give up an inch in reach to Lutz.
Wins in featherweight debut
May 15, 2021
Vannata defeated Mike Grundy via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
A long time lightweight, Vannata looked good in his first venture down to 145 pounds. He had no problems remaining upright against one of the division's best wrestlers in Grundy. Lando is an extremely creative striker with the ability to string together gorgeous combinations, and he had a significant edge whenever the two men were engaged on the feet at distance. Vannata is also ridiculously tough, having never been knocked out in his pro career. The fact Vannata was able to thrive against a top-tier grappler in Grundy says a ton moving forward. He made the 146-pound featherweight limit without issue and is a much more intriguing fighting down a division.
Set for UFC 262
March 31, 2021
Vannanta will drop down to featherweight and take on Mike Grundy at UFC 262 on May 15, Alex Pattle of The Independent reports.
Vannata and Grundy are both coming off losses, making May's bout a key match for each fighter. That's especially true for Vannata, who has won just two of his last eight fights. After having spent the majority of his professional career at lightweight, Vannata will now hope to light a spark by moving to 145 pounds.
Comes up short in likely FOTN
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.
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).
Sweeps scorecards in Rio Rancho
February 15, 2020
Vannata defeated Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
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.