Lando Vannata made quite the impression in his UFC debut when he nearly defeated No. 2 ranked lightweight Tony Ferguson on short notice.
Now he may have just landed one of the best knockouts in UFC history in his second bout against John Makdessi on Saturday night in Toronto.
Vannata wasted no time stalking Makdessi across the cage once the fight started despite his opponent having a wealth of UFC experience and some highlight reel finishes of his own.
Once the New Mexico-based lightweight saw an opening with Makdessi leaving his right side unguarded, Vannata uncorked a spinning heel kick that landed flush on the jaw.
The kick hit Makdessi before he could even begin to react and a second later he was crashing to the ground as a victim to the spectacular head-kick knockout.
According to Vannata afterwards, he actually planned on throwing that exact kick and it worked out to perfection as he earned his first UFC win while also likely notching a “Performance of the Night” bonus as well.
“I practiced that kick about 2,000 times in camp and I knew it was going to work,” Vannata said. “I was planning on using it and I knew he couldn't stop it. I expected it to be successful.
“I'm ready for whoever they want to give me next.”
The win showed that Vannata definitely deserved the call up to the UFC when he accepted the opportunity to face Ferguson earlier this year. Now with this highlight reel finish under his belt, Vannata has certainly earned a spot as one of the most exciting and dangerous fighters in a very deep lightweight division.