Rodolfo Vieira

The Black Belt Hunter

Brazil

To return against Curtis
MiddleweightUFC
April 13, 2022
Vieira will take on Chris Curtis in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 25, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira began his UFC career with a 3-1 record, with all three victories coming by way of submission. The most recent was a bonus-winning effort against Dustin Stoltzfus last July, as Vieira has been on the sidelines since due to a medical issue that was at one point in danger of threatening his MMA career. He's since received the proper clearance and will be tasked with taking on a red-hot newcomer in Curtis, who has won all three of his UFC fights by KO/TKO. Curtis also has yet to be taken down in the UFC, while Vieira averages 5.77 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. Keeping that pace will be imperative for the Brazilian if he hopes to counter the high-volume striking of Curtis.
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Clear to resume career
MiddleweightUFC
April 6, 2022
Vieira has been given medical clearance to resume his MMA career, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira was forced to withdraw from a January bout against Wellington Turman due to what was being described at the time as an unspecified medical issue. At the time, Vieira noted there was a risk he would be unable to ever fight again. After getting a cerebral angiography -- a procedure that looks for changes in the blood vessels leading to the brain -- Vieira has apparently received the proper medical clearance. Still, it remains to be seen when the UFC will consider booking him for another fight.
Withdraws from UFC 270
MiddleweightUFC
January 21, 2022
Vieira is dealing with undisclosed medical issues and won't fight Wellington Turman at UFC 270 as previously scheduled Saturday, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
ANALYSIS
The specifics of the situation remain unclear, but the fight has been called off for Saturday due to Vieira's medical concerns. Given the short notice, Turman is off the card and will be paid his show money, per Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com. The matchup of Trevin Giles versus Michael Morales will shift to the main card as a result.
Likely to face Turman on Jan. 22
MiddleweightUFC
September 29, 2021
Vieira is scheduled to face Wellington Turman in a middleweight bout at UFC 270 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.
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.