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Gilbert Burns vs. Lando Vannata not happening despite UFC announcement

Gilbert Burns and Lando Vannata won’t be fighting each other in the desert after all.

The UFC today announced the bout between Burns (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Vannata (9-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) for next month’s UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Ariz. Not long afterward, MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reported the fight would not happen at the event, which takes place at Gila River Arena and airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

A UFC official later confirmed to MMAjunkie’s John Morgan that an injury to Vannata was the reason for the change. No word on how the fight booking ended up as an official announcement on UFC.com.

Burns was scheduled to fight Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on FOX 28 in February but was pulled from the card early in fight week after UFC doctors cited concerns about his remaining weight cut.

Vannata, who despite having just one win in four UFC fights, has proven to be one of the most exciting 155-pound fighters on the UFC roster. “Groovy” has been awarded a fight-night bonus in all of his UFC appearances, with his split-draw against Bobby Green at UFC 216 the most recent to get “Fight of the Night” honors.

The UFC on FOX 29 lineup includes:

  • Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
  • John Moraga vs. Wilson Reis
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami
  • Cortney Casey vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Tavares
  • Patrick Williams vs. Luke Sanders
  • Matthew Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori

For more on UFC on FOX 29, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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