Middleweight Rodolfo Vieira shocked the UFC world on Sunday after overcoming a “destroyed” eye to submit his opponent.
Vieira, fighting on the undercard of Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero at UFC 248, registered his second UFC win after submitting Saparbek Safarov.
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But the fight wasn’t straight forward after a hit from Safarov caused blood to flow from Vieira’s left eye, which eventually closed over.
This forced Vieira to go for an early submission because he was worried the fight would be stopped in the stoppage.
“I couldn’t see anything,” he said following the fight to Joe Rogan.
“I knew I had to end it in the first round, because it would have been hard to continue the fight without being able to see out of my left eye.”
Fans on social media were taken aback with the impressive performance with one eye.
Rodolfo Vieira was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons, per the UFC. Obviously, that left eye was concerning. #UFC248— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 8, 2020
Rodolfo Vieira is so jacked that he now has a third bicep coming out of his left eye. #UFC248— Josh Chesler (@jcchesler) March 8, 2020
For those of you who didn’t watch the fight. Rodolfo Vieira’s eye fell out of his mouth. https://t.co/vrRKzY49Ab— jus (@veryrelaxed) March 8, 2020
Rodolfo Vieira gets the tap in the first round with a nasty arm triangle choke.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 8, 2020
He has a gruesome cut above his eye, which could have caused concern between rounds but instead Vieira never lets the doctor get involved. #UFC248
Rodolfo Vieira is an absolute unit. That arm-triangle was vacuum-sealed. Impressive stuff. #UFC248— Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) March 8, 2020
Vieira was taken to hospital as a precaution following the bout.
Adesanya’s message to his fans
UFC star Israel Adesanya has delivered an emotional message to fans just ahead of his bout with Yoel Romero.
The New Zealand champ sent a message on Twitter as he was sitting in his hotel room relaxed just hours before he touches gloves.
The 85-second video shows Adesanya listening to Nipsey Hussle’s Double Up and Rihanna’s Diamonds as he reflects on the time he was in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight.
The caption read: “Excuse the tears, it’s that time of the month.”