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MMA: Vannata wins by 1st-round sub

MELBOURNE, Australia — Albuquerque lightweight MMA fighter Lando Vannata defeated Brazil’s Marcos Rosa Mariano by first-round submission (Kimura) Saturday on UFC 234.

Vannata, in improving his record to 10-3-2, secured the submission hold with just five seconds left in the round. Mariano is 6-5.

The Vannata-Mariano fight, originally scheduled for an early prelim slot to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, was elevated to co-main event status on Saturday’s pay-per-view telecast. The event lost its original main event when Robert Whittaker was pulled from his scheduled fight against Kevin Gastelum after being diagnosed with a hernia.