Protagonist of gala performance at UFC Las Vegas 86, Rudolph Vieira he claimed his 10th victim in MMA after using his flagship: jiu-jitsu. After the fight, without all the adrenaline and emotion of the confrontation, the Brazilian opened the game and analyzed his performance against Arman Petrosyan. According to the carioca, it was already in the plans that the fight would end if it reached the ground.
“I'm feeling really good about this victory, with another finish. I knew he was a top-notch striker, but he had a lot of (holes) in his ground game. I knew that if I put him on the ground, I would finish him”, said Rodolfo in a post-fight press conference.
Despite his confidence, Rodolfo highlighted the threat presented by his rival throughout the confrontation.
“I didn’t expect the calf kicks. He hurt me. I think he hit me three or four times. At the time, when I was fighting, I didn't feel anything, but now I'm hurt. But it does not matter. After the kicks, I took him down and submitted him, and that’s what matters to me,” he concluded.
Winner of the Performance of the Night bonus, where he collected 50 thousand dollars, around 250 thousand reais, the Brazilian achieved the record for the highest number of victories in the UFC via katagatame (4). In addition to this feat, the athlete took another step towards the top 15 middleweights (up to 83,9kg).