MMA fans better get to know the name Rodolfo Vieira. According to reports, the five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu champ is about to begin training at American Top Team to focus on his upcoming move into MMA.
ATT co-founder Ricardo Liborio – who featured in a superfight at the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships in August – was reportedly impressed with Vieira’s 99kg gold medal-winning performance in the tournament and extended an offer to train with his team.
GF Team founder Julio Cesar Pereira, Vieira’s jiu-jitsu coach and the man who awarded the five-time IBJJF world champion his black belt, said he feels ATT would be a good place for Vieira to develop his MMA skills.
"He has the perfect game for MMA," says Pereira. "He likes to take them down and pass the guard. He just needs to adapt for the striking."
Pereira confirmed that Vieira has yet to sign a contract with any promotion.
A scout representing Japanese promotion Real Fight championship was spotted matside at ADCC and reportedly approached the 26-year-old, though no deal has yet been struck.
Vieira has talked of a switch to MMA since 2014 and participated in training sessions at Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, a training center owned by twin brothers Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio ‘Minotoro’ Nogueira, UFC and Pride veterans.