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Rodolfo Vieira is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Master Julio César Pereira, who is widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight Gi competitors of his generation, and particularly one of the top guard passers the sport has seen. Competing for Grappling Fight Team (GFT), Rodolfo was the first big name to come out of the Rio de Janeiro academy, placing the sport’s spotlight on a team that has since brought forward many more high-end athletes. On November 2015 Rodolfo Vieira announced his move to American Top Team (ATT) to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, he would join the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) promotion in 2019.

Rodolfo Vieira Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rodolfo Vieira Srour

Nickname: Caçador dos Faixas Pretas which translates to “Black Belt Hunter”. The nickname was given after Rodolfo won the World Pro Cup Trials in the brown/black mixed belt division, winning several matches against distinguished black belts while being a rising brown belt.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Julio Cesar > Rodolfo Vieira

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2011** / 2012 / 2013 / 2014)
  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2011**)
  • 1st Place Copa Pódio Grand Prix (2014 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2012**)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2014 / 2012** / 2011**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012* / 2013* / 2014*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2007** blue belt, 2008** purple belt)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Knee Slide Pass, Armbar, Choke from the Back

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg-207lbs), Super Pesado (100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Grappling Fight Team

Rodolfo Vieira Biography

Rodolfo Vieira was born on the 25th of September, 1989 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

Grappling appeared in Rodolfo’s life as a way to lose weight when he was 13 years old. His first instructors were Arlans Maia and Bruno Souza for whom Rodolfo competed during his first early days in the amateur circuit of jiu-jitsu.

As a blue belt, Rodolfo decided to switch training camps, looking for a more competitive gym atmosphere. He chose to join Universidade Gama Filho, led by Julio Cesar Pereira – a team that later became Grappling Fight Team (more on the history of GFT here).

Rodolfo receiving his black belt at the airport.

Rodolfo receiving his black belt at the airport.

Rising through the ranks of the sport, Rodolfo Vieira was seen as a good prospect for the future of BJJ, though not many counted on him break out as early as he did. Vieira’s first major win on an international level took place in 2009 as a brown belt, when Rodolfo won the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship, defeating 2x black belt world champion Braulio Estima in the process. Upon his arrival, Master Julio César awarded Vieira his black belt right there at the airport.

Rodolfo Vieira repeated the deed in January 2011, this time as an established black belt winning his weight and the open weight division in the Abu Dhabi World Pro. That same year Rodolfo also conquered the Pan American and the World Championships in his weight and the open weight divisions, cementing his name as the strongest 94kg/207kg gi specialist in the world.

Midway through the 2010s decade, Rodolfo’s passion for jiu-jitsu was replaced by the desire to become a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Vieira relocated to the United States in search of the best conditions to make the transition, training with American Top Team and Team Nogueira. Vieira made his successful MMA debut in 2017, a successful win over Zarylbek Daniyar, via RNC, at the ADGC promotion.

On June 2019 Rodolfo Vieira signed to the biggest MMA event in the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (2019).

Rodolfo Vieira Instructional

Rodolfo Vieira Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    63 (65%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

63 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
37
23
#86e620
Armbar
27
17
#5AD3D1
Choke
6
4
#d1212a
Katagatame
6
4
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
3
2
#f58822
Mounted X choke
3
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
2
1
#ff9124
Submission
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke from Mount
2
1
#fad223
Baseball choke
2
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#039a1f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03b41f
Ezekiel
2
1
#03c61f
Wristlock
2
1
#03d61f
RNC
2
1
#03f61f
Kimura/Triangle
2
1
63
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel hook
50
1
#86e620
RNC
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodolfo Vieira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2352Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2507Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLAdvWPC Gr trials92KGF2010
2942Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
3282Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCC99KGSF2011
3902Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 8x7World Champ.ABS4F2012
4675Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2World ProABSF2013
4753Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSF2013
5565Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5622Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5711Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2014
7978Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
22532Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Invitational100KGSF2019
24684Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCWNO 5SPF93KG2020
2139Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.94KGSF2009
2140Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWAdvWorld Pro.94KGF2009
2519Braga NetoBraga NetoWChoke from backWPC RJ Trials92KGSF2010
2520Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionWPC RJ Trials92KGF2010
2887Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWAdvPan American94KG4F2011
2888D. HertzogWSubmissionPan American94KGSF2011
2890Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGF2011
2895Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSF2011
2917Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.92KGSF2011
2918Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 15x0World Pro.92KGF2011
2926Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWArmbarWorld Pro.ABS4F2011
2928Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 5x2World Pro.ABSSF2011
2929Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
2946Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld P. NoGiABSF2011
2966Matt JuberaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12011
2976Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2988Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 8x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
2990Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
2992Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 9x0World Champ.ABSF2011
3079Dustin DenesDustin DenesWPts: 26x0World Champ.94KGRDS2011
3119Gybson SáWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3139Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3149Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 3x0World Champ.94KGF2011
3244Joseph Lee BaizeWArmbarADCC99KGR12011
3270Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0ADCC99KG4F2011
3509UnknownWChoke from backEuropean Open94KG4F2012
3511Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWChoke from backEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3512Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWArm in EzekielEuropean Open94KGF2012
3517Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3520Lucio LagartoWArm in EzekielEuropean OpenABSSF2012
3522Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0European OpenABSF2012
3802Cristiano CariocaCristiano CariocaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2012
3805Marcelo BernardoWArmbarWorld Pro.94KGSF2012
3806Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWArmbarWorld Pro.94KGF2012
3822Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWMounted X chokeWorld Pro.ABSSF2012
3823Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3890Diego VivaldeWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3900James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4097Alan SalgadoWChoke from MountWorld Champ.94KGR22012
4102Fabiano SouzaWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2012
4105Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWChoke from BackWorld Champ.94KGSF2012
4106Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KGF2012
4276Luciano GonçalvesWArmbarRockstrikeABSNA2012
4277Gilmar de OliveiraWChoke from backRockstrikeABSNA2012
4278Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarRockstrikeABSNA2012
4406Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWChokeCopa Podio100KGGP2013
4408Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 9x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4411K. CorneliusWPts: 10x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4414Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 6x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4416Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWArmbarCopa Podio100KGSF2013
4417Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWAdvCopa Podio100KGF2013
4465Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4660Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsWorld Pro94KGSF2013
4661Pedro PeresWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGF2013
4668Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWChoke from backWorld ProABSR12013
4670Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWChoke from backWorld ProABS4F2013
4673Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 9x0World ProABSSF2013
4678Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarCopa Podio94KGSPF2013
4732Lucas SashsWBaseball chokeWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4743Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4749Joao RochaJoao RochaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4752Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2013
4799Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 8x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
4803Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4805Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4837Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWPts: 14x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4838Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWAdvCopa PodioABSSPF2013
5549Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWArmbarCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5553Faisal KitbeWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5558Alan BelcherAlan BelcherWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5567Travis StevensTravis StevensWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGSF2014
5569Leandro LoLeandro LoWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGF2014
5602UnknownWChokeWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5613Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5617Leandro LoLeandro LoWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS4F2014
5620Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5658Luke CostelloWChoke from backWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5661Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 5x0World Pro.100KGSF2014
5663Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5685AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5699Sean RobertsWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5707Alexander TransAlexander TransWChokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2014
5709Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSSF2014
5831James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5834Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWKatagatameWorld Champ.100KGSF2014
5836Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGF2014
5923Pedro MouraWChoke from backTeam NationalsO88KGRDS2014
6308I. SchneiderWChoke from backThe TeamO85KGRR2014
7896Adam SachnoffWKatagatameADCC99KGR12015
7900Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWRNCADCC99KG4F2015
7902Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 6x0ADCC99KGSF2015
7904Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionADCC99KGF2015
7970Ben HendersonWKimura/TriangleADCCABSR12015
7976Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0ADCCABS4F2015
17942Kit DaleKit DaleWViolin armlockBlack Belt CBDO83KGSF2018
17944Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPointsBlack Belt CBDO83KGF2018
22529A. MunisWKatagatameSpyder Invitational100KG4F2019

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