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Rodolfo Vieira vs. Wellington Turman in the works for UFC 270

Rodolfo Vieira (on top) is one of the best pure grapplers to ever enter the octagon.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Rodolfo Vieira is expected to face Wellington Turman at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event on Jan. 22, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting.

Vieira (8-1) won two of three fights inside the octagon since 2020, most recently a bonus-winning submission over Dustin Stoltzfus in July.

Vieira is one of the most decorated grapplers to ever make the jump to MMA, winning five jiu-jitsu world championships and an ADCC gold medal as a black belt.

Turman (17-5), who is more experienced than Vieira in MMA, won a split decision over Sam Alvey in August, snapping an uncomfortable two-fight skid in bouts against Bruno Silva and Andrew Sanchez.

“The Prodigy” currently holds a 2-3 record under the bright lights of the UFC.

UFC 270 airs live on pay-per-view at a location to be confirmed. The company has yet to announce the headlining attraction, but the card will feature Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson and Greg Hardy vs. Aleksei Oleinik.