No pressure, right? After a stellar career in ground fighting, including a fistful of IBJJF and ADCC championships, black belt Rodolfo Vieira trained his eyes on mixed martial arts and the UFC. He spent the last three years working toward a champion’s run in MMA, and apparently it shows–when the American Top Team all star makes his debut this weekend in Uruguay it’ll be on the main card.
“Right before coming out [for press day] I found out I would be fighting on the main card, which I thought would only happen after my fourth or fifth fight!” wrote Vieira on Instagram.
Vieira signed with UFC back in June. He squares off on August 10 against fellow middleweight Oskar Piechota. The grappling champ hasn’t competed in jiu-jitsu since 2018, but his list of submission victories from that part of his career includes Mahamed Aly, Kit Dale, Rafael Lovato Jr., Felipe Pena, and Bernardo Faria.