Yancy Medeiros and Lando Vannata faced each other in a Lightweight clash tonight (Sat., Feb. 15, 2020) at UFC Fight Night 167, which took place inside Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It was not the brawl most expected, but Vannata was able to edge out his opponent for a decision victory.
Medeiros pressures early and landed a low kick. Vannata evasive early. “Groovy Lando” with a low kick and right hand. Vannata scores a body shot. Both men land right hands then trade body shots. Vannata lands with a tricky cross and low kick. Vannata backs his foe up with a combination. Medeiros cracks his foe with a right hand then an uppercut. Low kick from the Hawaiian. Vananta touches Mederios with an overhand. Jab and high kick glance off the chin of Vannata. Good Southpaw 1-2 connects from Vannata. The two trade kicks at the bell to close a strange round, in which both men threw a lot of strikes but also did so without committing to them.
Vannata moves and kicks early in the second. Medeiros scores with a right hook. Vannata attempts a trip in the clinch, stumbles his opponent. Medeiroes lands to the chest with a cross. Decent snap kick lands for Medeiros, but he eats a left cross. Jab from the Hawaiian. The two trade straight shots, land evenly. As the action heats up a bit, Medeiros connects on a couple lefts. Good low kick from Vannata, who continues to circle away from exchanges. Counter elbow scores from Medeiros. Medeiros lands a good left hook, Vannata returns the favor and scores a right hand as well. Vannata shoots for a double leg but is unable to put Medeiros down. Right hand lands on the chin of Vannata. Medeiros some straight shots from both stances. Vannata kicks Medeiros in either the groin or beltline, and Medeiros backs off in discomfort. Medeiros digs a body shot at the bell.
Body kick from Medeiros opens the third. Both men look a bit more aggressive in the third. Vannata lands a spin kick, eats a left. Vannata digs a snap kick. Two kicks land for Vannata. Vannata continues to circle and kick at the leg. Hard jab from Medeiros. Vannata blasts his foe with two solid right hands. The two trade low kicks. Medeiros lands an elbow while latched onto the wrist. Crisp cross from Vannata. Jab from Vannata. Medeiros goes to the body with a left. Vannata misses a wheel kick. 1-2 from Vannata, who then eats a jab. Vannata attempts a takedown, absorbs an elbow. Good left hook from the Hawaiian, who follows up with a body shot. The two both land power shots. Another left hook from Medeiros. Medeiros finishes the fight chasing his foe around the ring.
Result: Lando Vannata defeats Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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