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Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Mariano official for UFC 234

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Lando Vannata (right) faces a Brazilian newcomer in Australia.
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Lando Vannata will welcome Brazilian lightweight Marcos Mariano to the Octagon at UFC 234 in Melbourne on Feb. 9, the promotion announced. Nolan King first reported the booking.

Mariano, 6-4 as a professional fighter and winner of four of his last five, is a teammate of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces Israel Adesanya on the same card in Australia.

Vannata (9-3-2), a fan favorite lightweight, has his back against the wall after going 1-3-2 in his six UFC appearances. In his only Octagon win, “Groovy” knocked out John Makdessi with a wheel kick.

UFC 234 takes place at the Rod Laver Arena and features Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum for the middleweight crown in the main event.