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Rodolfo Vieira vs. Dustin Stoltzfus targeted for UFC event on July 17

UFC 248: Vieira v Safarov Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Rodolfo Vieira will look to bounce back from the first loss of his professional MMA career.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Vieira and Dustin Stoltzfus will take place at the UFC’s event on July 17 at a location and venue yet to be announced.

After a pair of submission wins to kick off his UFC career, Vieira entered his most recent bout as high as a -500 favorite as he took on Anthony Hernandez at UFC 258. After nearly getting a submission win early, Vieira was unable to close the show, which led to Hernandez mounting a memorable comeback and submitting the Brazilian in the second round. The loss snapped the multi-time ADCC champion’s seven-fight winning streak.

Stoltzfus makes his sophomore appearance inside the octagon after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. The 29-year-old took on Kyle Daukaus in his promotional debut and dropped a unanimous decision at UFC 255 in November, which put an end to the Pennsylvania native’s 10-fight win streak.

The middleweight bout joins the return of former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate as she faces Marion Reneau.