Abel Trujillo Pulled; Lando Vannata Now Faces Bobby Green at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas
By: Jordan Breen Aug 14, 2017
Opponent switches are seldom “groovy,” but at least Lando
Vannata has plenty of notice.
Vannata was scheduled to meet fellow lightweight contender Abel
Trujillo at UFC 216,
scheduled for Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Monday,
the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that the Jackson-Wink
MMA product would no longer be facing Trujillo, but would now be
taking on “King” Bobby Green
instead. The promotion did not give a reason for Trujillo's removal
from the contest.
Green, 30, has had a rough slide over the last three years under
UFC employ. Since his July 2014 split decision win over Josh
Thomson, “King” has suffered three straight losses to Edson
Poirier and most recently this past April at UFC on Fox 24,
Magomedov. In addition to the three-bout losing streak, Green
has pulled out of several contests, citing personal issues and a
spate of injuries, including a ACL and quadriceps.
The 25-year-old Vannata burst into the wider MMA consciousness in
July 2016, when he stepped in for an injured Michael
Chiesa to face top 155-pound contender Tony
Ferguson, rocking “El Cucuy” and nearly putting him away in the
first round before succumbing to a brabo choke in the second
stanza. After a highlight-reel knockout of John
Makdessi at UFC 206 in December, “Groovy Lando” was upset in
one of 2017's biggest surprises so far, dropping a sound unanimous
decision to Sweden's David
Teymur at UFC 209 in March.