Brazil’s Rodolfo Vieira earns 2nd UFC win, submits Russia’s Saparbek Safarov at ‘UFC 248’ in Las Vegas, Nevada

Rodolfo Vieira, Saparbek Safarov (©UFC)

Rodolfo Vieira, Saparbek Safarov (©UFC)

Rodolfo “The Black Belt Hunter” Vieira Srour, 30, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was one of the winners at “UFC 248.” It was the undefeated Brazilian mixed martial artist’s second win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, including two title bouts, the UFC held “UFC 248” at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on March 7, 2020. In the fourth bout of the evening, Vieira competed against Saparbek Safarov, 33, of Makhachkala, Russia in the middleweight division.

Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the middleweight contest at 2 minutes and 58 seconds in the first round when Vieira submitted Safarov via arm-triangle choke.

Losing to Vieira downgraded the professional MMA record of Safarov to 9 wins and 3 losses. Maintaining his undefeated record, the Brazilian contender now has 7 wins and 0 loss.

Including Brazil and Russia, 12 other countries were represented at “UFC 248.” The others were Argentina, China, Cuba, Denmark, Georgia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland and the U.S.

Safarov solely represented Russia. Vieira was one of the two representatives of Brazil.

In the main event of the evening, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand successfully defended his belt from Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, 42, of Pinar del Rio, Cuba and Miami, Florida, USA. The Nigerian-Kiwi champion won via unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 32, of Olsztyn, Poland challenged UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, of Hebei, China. The Chinese defending champion won via split decision.


Born in Rio de Janeiro on September 25, 1989, Vieira has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2017. On August 10, 2019, he made his successful UFC debut by submitting Oskar “Imadlo” Piechota, 30, of Gdańsk, Poland via arm-triangle choke at “UFC Fight Night 156” at the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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