With the original UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson canceled at the eleventh hour, Lightweight prospects Lando Vannata and David Teymur was second from the top tonight (Sat., March 4, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And the two 155-pound prospects delivered in spades.
Both fighters began the bout feeling out each other with their feet, throwing kicks and circling to gauge distance and range. Vannata landed a nice jumping kick that put Teymur on the move. He threw a kick, but Vannata caught it and landed a stiff shot. Vannata opened up with a blistering combination that put Teymur on the canvas, but the Swede recovered fast and dished out some violent punishment of his own. Vannata took his foot off the gas after getting tagged and Teymur was able to land a nice high kick. Vannata shot in for an aggressive takedown, but Teymur was able to quickly get back to his feet and drill “Groovy” along the fence with hard shots. Both fighters really brought the pain in an absolutely action-packed opening round.
It was more of the same to start the second — aggressive, violent exchanges. Teymur unloaded about three vicious knees to Vannata’s mid-section and he didn’t even wince. On the break, Vannata landed a spinning back heel kick that wobbled Teymur a bit. Teymur landed an incredible Superman punch, but unsurprisingly it didn’t slow Vannata — his chin is ridiculous. With a minute to go the pair traded hard shots and more knees from Teymur, then a hook, which impressed the crowd as they headed back to their corners.
The first two rounds were incredible and it was unclear who was leading on the judges scorecards. Both fighters were seemingly aware, coming out and just going toe-to-toe in the center of the cage. Teymur was landing with his legs — hard shots — but Vannata kept coming forward. He put together a clean one-two combination and then piled up the points with a takedown even though Vannata was able to get back to his feet fast. Teymur really scored with the judges in the third round — landing combinations and takedowns as Vannata chased him around the cage.
In the end, his strategy was more effective as he scored a very competitive — and painful — unanimous decision. It was a great fight, one that probably warrants a rematch. Their aggressive, fast styles — and granite chins — really makes for an entertaining match up. Even though Vannata lost, he didn’t really lose because his performance and that fight was so good.
Teymur was just the better man tonight.
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