Rodolfo Vieira suffered his first professional loss on Saturday night and the former ADCC champion has released a statement.
In the prelim headliner, Vieira was looking to improve to 8-0 and was a massive betting favorite. Early on in the fight, the Brazilian landed some takedowns and put Anthony Hernandez into some bad positions. Yet, after just two minutes, the ADCC champ gassed out and Hernandez started picking him apart. After rocking him several times in the second, “Fluffy” ended up submitting the BJJ legend.
For Vieira, the loss is a disappointing one as he says it was the worst day of his life.
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“Guys, yesterday was worst day of my life, it was the worst performance of my life,” Vieira began. “It was my son’s first time watching me, even though he’s a baby and he doesn’t understand anything, is a good thing he didn’t see the beating his dad got LOL. It was also the first time I fought after my grandmother passed away. She was one of my biggest fans and watched all of my fights. I wanted to come out victorious and dedicate it to them!
“Unfortunately, not everything happens as we want,” Rodolfo Vieira continued. “I still don’t understand why I got so tired so early in the first round. I had some mistakes that I know what [they] were and I’m sure will be fixed, but to get tired the way I got, I still can’t understand. I had a great camp, had the best weight cut so far, everything went well… but hats off to Anthony for the great win, I do hope he gets the $50,000 for the ‘Performance of the Night.’
“I know I still have to get evolve a lot in everything, I never hid that, and train hard every day in search of that evolution. Anyway, it’s in the past. I just want to thank you all for the messages of support that you keep sending, you really are unbelievable. I’m thankful to God, I feel blessed for having the family and friends I have, and fans that don’t know me but still make me feel so strong and important and loved by all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I love you,” Vieira concluded.
With the loss, Rodolfo Vieira will be forced to go back to the drawing board. It is also uncertain when he plans on fighting again.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime