News here: ADCC and BJJ world champion Rodolfo Vieira signed with UFC, I'm told. The 29-year-old Brazilian is likely to make his Octagon debut against Oskar Piechota in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Aug. 10. Vieira, a powerful grappler, is 5-0 in MMA after a win last weekend in Poland.— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) June 13, 2019
According to the Athletic on Thursday, Rodolfo Vieira (5-0) has signed with the UFC, where he will make his organizational debut at UFC Fight Night 156 against Oskar Piechota (11-1-1), presumably in the middleweight division.
Vieira has won all five of his MMA bouts by stoppage, including four by submission. As a grappler, Rodolfo won the ADCC Championship in 2015 at the 99 kg division, and has also won numerous world championships and world cup tournaments since competing as a professional. Appearing three times for the Absolute Championship Akhmat promotion, he won all three of those bouts by first-round stoppage. Most recently, "The Black Belt Hunter" handed Vitaliy Nemchinov his first submission loss when he tapped the Russian in just over two minutes at ACA 96 in Poland last week.
Poland's Piechota will be looking to rebound from his first career loss, as he was put to sleep by Gerald Meerschaert last July at the TUF 27 Finale. Prior to the loss, he was unbeaten as a professional in 12 fights, and held the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title prior to signing with the Las Vegas-based promotion. In his UFC tenure, Piechota made his debut by going the distance for the first time in his career in winning a decision over Jonathan Wilson, and got back to his finishing ways by knocking out Tim Williams at UFC Fight Night 126 in February 2018.
UFC Fight Night 156 takes place on August 10 at the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. The event will currently has no headliner scheduled, although a significant flyweight bout between Rogerio Bontoron and Raulian Paiva is slated for the event. Also, in the women's flyweight division, Ashlee Evans-Smith meets Taila Santos.