Lightweight prospects Lando Vannata and David Teymur met in the co-main event of UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Teymur won the thrilling, back-and-forth bout by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
In the first round, Vannata pressed forward, light on his feet, throwing repeated kicks with his lead leg to manage the distance. He then started opening up with more kicks including a cartwheel kick that he landed as Teymur backed to the fence. In the latter half of the round, Teymur began to find his range, hurting Vannata with left hooks and knees in the clinch. Vannata attempted an unsuccessful takedown before the end of the round.
In the second, the two continued their battle of high-level, contrasting styles of striking. This time, Teymur was able to close the distance more easily to land heavy knees and boxing combinations. Vannata continued throwing kicks with his lead leg in an attempt to manage distance but was occasionally met with looping punches thrown by Teymur. Teymur also landed a clean superman punch that stunned Vannata.
The third round saw a lot more output from Teymur and a more defensive Vannata. Teymur continued his onslaught of Muay Thai attacks, including knees to the body and head of Vannata from the clinch. He even began to mix in takedowns with his striking which was somewhat surprising given his Muay Thai background.
Bruce Buffer announced Teymur as the winner by unanimous decision after a hard fought three rounds.
“This is a dream come true,” said Teymur, who entered this bout coming off of two knockout wins in the UFC. “I can’t imagine that I’m standing here right now.”