If you let him, Lando Vannata will dance circles around you and then knock you out with a spinning back-kick.
Unfortunately, David Teymur didn’t let him, so that screeching sound you’re hearing is the Lando Train come to a sudden halt.
The co-main event saw Vannata – who won our hearts as a last-minute replacement who nearly KO’d Tony Ferguson – try all his slick striking moves on a no-nonsense knockout artist in Teymur. But Teymur was simply too good and too savvy to let Vannata find his groove.
For three full rounds these guys did fantastic work nailing each other with precise kicks and laser-accurate punches, and though it seemed as if Vannata was in pursuit for most of the time, Teymur made him backpedal when the fists hit home to often. Still, Vannata was constantly hunting for that one magically-creative strike that would end it all, and as we’ve seen a million times, if you never give the finisher the opening to finish, they’re often stuck.
To make matters worse for Vannata, Teymur began taking him down repeatedly in the third round, and though Vannata was up instantly each time, the points accumulated.
Results: David Teymur def. Lando Vannata via Unanimous Decision