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At the UFC 209 event held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, lightweight bout between David Teymur and LandoVannatawas the co-main event, one which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For three rounds, the duo went strike for strike, pummeling each other in what was definitely a standup war. Teymur was however the one who pulled away down the stretch, battering Vannata and keeping him guessing with takedowns late in the fightas the action wore on.

Inside the cage, Teymur did not disappoint as he pressed forward behind a standard, though always dangerous kickboxing attack. An attempt was made by Vannata to counter as he made use of his unorthodox style and rhythm, making for a dazzling back and forth with hardly a dull moment.

Attacks from Vannata seemed flashier whilst Teymur’s was the more effective as he fought far, thrashing Vannata’s legs with powerful kicks and hammering his body with knees while also jacking his jaw with sharp combination punches.

Vannata for his own part never lost the ability to surprise Teymur with his unexpected timing, as he made use of odd moments to launch spinning attacks that caught his opponent off-guard.

As the fight progressed, it was Teymur that began pulling away, while taking Vannata down severally and causing a disruption in the latter’s offensive flow.

When the fight came to an end, all three judges proclaimed Teymur the winner with scores of 30-27 across the board.

Teymur said: “I feel awesome. I deserve this. I’ve said this since Day One: The day I come to the UFC, I didn’t come just to say hi. I’m coming for the world title. I am going to take MMA striking to a new level. The time will show this. When you go the distance, you get more experience.”