UFC 270: Wellington Turman Believes Opponent Vieira Gets Desperate When Hit

Anaheim, CA — UFC 270 middleweight Wellington Turman will look to make it two in a row, while taking part in his biggest event to date this Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

“Very excited for this fight,” Turman (17-5) told media outlets including Cageside Press during Wednesday’s media day. It’s the “first numbered UFC” for the Brazilian, which has him “excited for the event. It’s going to be great.”

Last time out, Turman got the W against Sam Alvey. His current opponent, Rodolfo Vieira, is a fellow Brazilian and a legend in the jiu-jitsu world. “Rodolfo’s a big name,” Turman acknowledged. When he started training, “Rodolfo was already competing and beat a top contender,” noted Turman, who reiterated his excitement for this fight.

Of course, last year, Vieira was upset, a shock submission defeat at the hands of Anthony Hernanez. While he subsequently bounced back, the defeat was picked by many as 2021’s Submission of the Year.

“For sure, he showed a lot of errors in his game,” Turman agreed, “but he’s changing, he changed, because he changed coaches, he’s getting better. But for sure, when he gets hit, that’s when he gets desperate a little bit.”

Turman will no doubt look to force Vieira to get desperate come UFC 270. The event takes place Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. More coverage of Wednesday’s media day can be found below.