When Lando Vannata first appeared in the Octagon, he was a late-replacement to fight Tony Ferguson. And damn if Vannata’s tricky striking didn’t nearly knock Ferguson out!

He won us over that night. Since then he’s struggled, though, with fighters aware of his style and the tricks up his sleeve.

Drakkar Klose is just some dude who’s 2-1 in the Octagon, but apparently he did his homework on Vannata.

If you let him, Vannata will stand at the edge of striking range and flick out weird combinations like front snap kick-spinning backfist-gesticulate wildly-spinning backfist again. Klose didn’t let him. By chopping away at the calf of Vannata’s lead leg, and tying up whenever Vannata started throwing strikes, it was clear Vannata was going to have to do something different.

Too bad he didn’t. Late in the third round he took Klose’s back off a scramble, but gave up the position when it clear Klose’s defense was too good. And then time ran out, and Klose got the nod.

Oh, Lando. Wherefore art thou, Lando?

 

Results: Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via Unanimous Decision