Rodolfo Vieira

The Black Belt Hunter

Brazil

Likely to face Turman on Jan. 22
MiddleweightUFC
September 29, 2021
Vieira is expected to fight Wellington Turman at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event on Jan. 22, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the booking, Vieira will take on Wellington Turman in a middleweight bout on Jan. 22. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist last fought back in July, when he defeated Dustin Stoltzfus via submission to bring his UFC record to 2-3.
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Scores trademark submission win
MiddleweightUFC
July 17, 2021
Vieira defeated Dustin Stoltzfus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:54 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 26 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Vieira deserves full marks for putting together a strong bounce back effort on the heels of one of the worst losses in recent memory his last time out in February. The Brazilian's cardio was abysmal in that lost to Anthony Hernandez, but looked much better on Saturday. Stoltzfus was no pushover and Vieira hung in there before eventually securing one of his trademark submissions. Vieira is one of the most decorated mat specialists in the sport today, with his main issue at this point being a lack of MMA experience. He turns 32 years of age in late September and has all of nine professional fights under his belt. Vieira needs to try to back in the octagon sooner rather than later.
Fight booked vs. Stoltzfus
MiddleweightUFC
April 28, 2021
Vieira (7-1-0) is scheduled to face Dustin Stoltzfus (13-2-0) in a middleweight fight at a July 17 UFC Fight Night event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira will be looking to rebound from the first loss of his career after Anthony Hernandez submitted in him in their matchup at UFC 258 in February. The 31-year-old Brazilian had previously picked up submission victories of his own in his first two UFC fights.
Historic collpase in defeat
MiddleweightUFC
February 13, 2021
Vieira lost to Anthony Hernandez via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:53 of Round 2 at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What an absolute, unmitigated disaster. Entering as the biggest favorite on the card (-435) and seemingly certain to steamroll his way to a dominant win, Vieira came out like gangbusters and had Hernandez in deep trouble almost immediately. Unfortunately for the previously undefeated Brazilian, Hernandez was able to survive and the fight was effectively over once the finish didn't materialize. Joe Rogan stated in between rounds that he had never seen a fighter as tired as Vieira was at the end of the first frame. The fight lasted nearly two more minutes, but Viera was on autopilot the entire way. It's only mid-February, but this could easily go down as one of the biggest upsets of the year, and that's bad news for the Brazilian BJJ wiz. Vieira's physical gifts aren't in question, but any fighter whose gas tank lasts all of two minutes isn't any sort of legitimate contender.
Hernandez fight bumped back
MiddleweightUFC
January 2, 2021
Vieira will now take on Anthony Hernandez on Feb. 13, rather than Jan. 16 as originally scheduled, Hernandez announced on his personal Instagram page Friday.
ANALYSIS
The fight had to be pushed back after Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19. Rather than remain on the same card against a new opponent, Vieira will simply wait a month for Hernandez to be ready to go.
Next bout set for Jan. 16
MiddleweightUFC
November 20, 2020
Vieira will take on Anthony Hernandez in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 16, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira most recently pulled out of a fight set for Oct. 10 due to an undisclosed injury. It appears he is now healthy and will start training for the mid-January bout. Last time Vieira was in the Octagon he submitted Saparbek Safarov in Round 1 back at UFC 248 in early March.