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Landon Anthony "Lando" Vannata (/ˈlændoʊ vəˈnætə/; born March 14, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2012, he has formerly competed for the RFA and Pancrase. Vannata was born in Neptune, New Jersey and at the age of 13, began wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Vannata later wrestled at a 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
|Born||Landon Anthony Vannata|
(1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 26)
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155.8 lb (70.7 kg; 11.13 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Team||Jackson Wink MMA Academy (2012-2018) |
BMF Ranch (2018-present)
Jackson's MMA Acoma (2018-present)
|Trainer||Greg Jackson |
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Landon Anthony "Lando" Vannata (/
Vannata was born in Neptune, New Jersey and at the age of 13, began wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Vannata later wrestled at a 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
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.
After an injury to Michael Chiesa, Vannata was called on a two weeks notice to fight against ranked #3 lightweight Tony Ferguson on July 16, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 91. 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.
Vannata was expected to face Abel Trujillo on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216. However, Trujillo was removed from the card on August 14 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Bobby Green. 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. This fight earned him Fight of the Night award.
Vannata was linked to a fight with Gilbert Burns on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29. 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.
Vannata faced Drakkar Klose on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226. He lost the fight by unanimous decision. 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.
Vannata faced Matt Frevola on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230. The bout ended in a majority draw. Shortly after the fight, Vannata announced that he became a free agent. In the beginning of 2019, Vannata announced that he had signed a new, four-fight contract with the UFC.
Vannata faced promotional newcomer Marcos Rosa Mariano on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234. He won the fight via a submission in round one.
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||10 wins||3 losses|
|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 6, 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 (D'Arce 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|