Tony Ferguson and Lando Vannata gave UFC fans a contender for "Round of the Year" with a furious first Wednesday night.
Ferguson, the top-ranked lightweight contender, got more than he bargained for from Vannata at UFC Fight Night in Sioux Falls, S.D. An injury replacement for Michael Chiesa, Vannata was 8-0 in his pro career and looking to "shock the world" in his UFC debut.
Just spoke to Landon Vannata, who faces Tony Ferguson in 10 days. He sounds excited and says he's ready to "shock the world". #UFC
He didn’t waste any time, either, bringing the fight to Ferguson, dropping his hands and daring the fearsome veteran to do his worst. What followed was a five-minute firefight in which both men hit the mat and each came close to being beaten.