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Rodolfo Vieira vs. Markus Perez added to Oct. 10 UFC event

Rodolfo Vieira had to dig deep to beat Saparbeg Safarov in his last UFC appearance.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Rodolfo Vieira will face Markus Perez when he returns to the octagon on Oct. 10, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. The UFC has yet to determine the exact location for the card and its headlining attraction.

A five-time jiu-jitsu world champion as a black belt and an ADCC gold medalist, Vieira compiled a perfect 7-0 record with seven finishes since making the transition to mixed martial arts in 2017, including back-to-back submissions over middleweights Oskar Piechota and Saparbeg Safarov in the UFC.

Perez (12-3) was scheduled to face Eric Spicely at last week’s UFC event in Las Vegas, but “Zebrinha” was pulled from the card after failing to make weight for the 195-pound catchweight contest.

Charlie Ontiveros was then selected as a last-minute replacement, but wasn’t medically cleared to step in. “Maluko” is looking to bounce back from a decision defeat to Wellington Turman in Nov. 2019.

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