Jackson’s fighter Landon Vannata will be facing Adrian Apoda in professional debut at Mascalero Warrior on May 12th.
With only two amateur fights under his belt, Jackson’s Mixed Martial Art’s lightweight, 20-year-old, Landon Vannata will be making his professional debut this Saturday night, at the Mescalero Warrior Challenge in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Originally from Toms Rivers, New Jersey, Vannata’s introduction to the sport is not a common one.
At the age of 11 an aunt, who was a fan of mixed martial arts herself, presented Vannata with copies of UFC’s 30 and 31.
He repeatedly watched and studied the videos that featured UFC legends: Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and contemporaries of his weight-class, champion Jens Pulver (lightweight division was known as the bantamweight division at the time) and future champion BJ Penn.
Vannata’s training in MMA started at Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts in Tampa, Florida, while still attending River Ridge High School.
He wrestled in both high school and college but having a longing for the MMA, Vanaata dropped out of college and made the move to Albuquerque where he has been training at Jackson’s MMA ever since.
“Every time I doubt myself I look around at who I’m training with: Cowboy (Donald Cerrone), Cub Swanson, Clay Guida and Diego Brandao… it’s surreal. It’s the best thing in the world,” he says in our interview with him.[nggallery id=20]
Landon Vannata SWFight.com/The Low Blow Interview
The Jackson’s tv staff also followed Landon through his training camp.