Anaheim, CA – For UFC middleweight Rodolfo Vieira fighting a fellow Brazilian isn’t his favorite thing to do, but he understands that he must defeat Wellington Turman in order to move ahead at 185 pounds.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday “The Black Belt Hunter” spoke on his opponent and fighting a fellow countryman in the octagon on Saturday Night at UFC 270.
“I think he’s a very tough opponent. I have a lot of respect. We are Brazilian that’s a bad thing, but we need to fight. We need to do that for the UFC.”
Turman (17-5) is a fellow Brazilian coming off a split decision win over Sam Alvey in August 2021.
“Actually I don’t like, but when I was competing Jiu Jitsu I used to fight with a lot of Brazilians. MMA I think I only fought one Brazilian and that’s my second fight, fighting against a Brazilian guy. Like I said, I have to fight. I cannot say no to the UFC and make them find another opponent for me.”
Vieira (8-1) is well aware of his opponent’s abilities and is ready to match up with Turman wherever the fight ends up.
“I think he’s a very complete athlete. He does everything well he has very good striking, he has a very good wrestling game, Jiu Jitsu game, but I’m ready for that. I’ve improved a lot my game in every aspect. I’ve been doing a lot of striking, wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and I believe in my game. I believe in my Jiu Jitsu and that’s what I’m going to do. Try to make him confused and as soon as I can, put him down.”
Turman spoke to the media earlier in the day and said that he believed gettign Vieira tired was the key to defeating him in the octagon.
“After my first loss I think everyone start to think that it’s going to be easy to finish me. I don’t care about that. I believe in my Jiu Jitsu. I know what happened in that fight. I still believe in my Jiu Jitsu that’s what I’m going to do best. That’s my main weapon. I’m ready, I’m ready. My Jiu Jitsu is ready, my wrestling is ready, my striking, my power,” Vieira said in response.
Watch the full UFC 270 media day appearance from Rodolfo Vieira above. Vieira takes on Wellington Turman this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. More coverage of Wednesday’s media day can be found below.