A lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Lando Vannata served as the co-main event of tonight’s UFC Sioux Falls fight card in South Dakota.
Round one begins and Vannata is able to circle and land some good shots early. He lands a combo. Tony moves in and lands a kick. He lands a good left jab that drops Vannata. He quickly pops back to his feet and lands a spinning back fist that rocks Tony. Big right hands from Vannata. Tony is in trouble. Vannata presses forward and lands a punch. Ferguson with a spinning back fist. Vannata responds with a jab. These guys are going at it. Ferguson with a big shot and then another. Vannata shoots in but Tony stuffs the attempt. Vannata lands a big a shot and then another that drops Tony. Ferguson gets back to his feet but he is in real trouble. More shots from Vannata and Tony is back down. Vannata follows him there and lands some shots. Tony grabs a leg and searches for a heel hook. Vannata is able to find a way out of that submission but Tony goes for an arm. The submission attempt does not sink in. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Tony lands a jab. The fighters exchange kicks to the body. Good double jab from Tony. Vannata is able to score with a good shot to the body. Ferguson with a combination that lands. Vannata lands a head kick. Tony takes it and comes forward with kicks. Vannata returns fire with a big kick of his own. Another nice combo lands for Ferguson. Vannata is busted up. The fighters clinch and Tony sinks in a standing guillotine. He takes the fight to the ground while holding the submission. Ferguson locks in the choke tight and Vannata is forced to tap.