Tony Ferguson Survives Early Scare To Submit Lando Vannata In Wild Firefight

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Tony Ferguson (21-3) was originally set to headline UFC Fight Night 91 with Michael Chiesa. With Chiesa injured, “El Cucuy” settled for a co-main event spot against Lando Vannata (8-1).

Ferguson was in dire straits in the first round, but he gathered himself and finished his bout in typical fashion.

Vannata landed a couple of leg kicks. He caught a kick from Ferguson and threw a straight right hand. Time was called as Ferguson was caught low with a kick. “Groovy” ducked a spinning back elbow and briefly held on to a body lock. Vannata was popped with a jab and then a one-two combination. A push kick connected for Vannata, but he was popped with a right cross. Ferguson got rocked with a head kick and Vannata tried to follow up. “”El Cucuy” went for an armbar at the end of the round, but Vannata stood in top control to end the round.

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Ferguson opened the second round with a jab. “Groovy” went for a spinning wheel kick. “El Cucuy” kept finding a home for his jab. Ferguson kept popping his opponent with shots. Lannata kept his hands down to try to get his opponent to make a mistake. “El Cucuy” caught him in a standing choke. Ferguson turned it into a D’Arce choke. “Groovy” had no choice but to tap or nap. He chose to tap.

Final Result: Tony Ferguson def. Lando Vannata via Submission (D’Arce choke) – R2, 2:22