UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises- Rodolfo Vieira vs Dustin Stoltzfus: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/16/2021, 3:36 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Kyle Daukaus punches Dustin Stoltzfus in their middleweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweights Rodolfo Vieira and Dustin Stoltzfus will meet in the middle on the main card for UFC Vegas 31. Both men are strategically placed on the card as they will deliver a technical battle for fans to enjoy. Not to mention, both men seek the finish with fervent vigor and this usually translates to a performance bonus.

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Israel Adesanya spearheads the middleweight division and he promises to be a staple figurehead at the top of the division. Chiefly, all divisional contenders are vying to challenge Adesanya in a bid to become the first to dethrone him. Vieira and Dustin Stoltzfus are far off from that margin, however, they have shown promise in their career.

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UFC Fight Night: Rodolfo Vieira vs Dustin Stoltzfus

Vieira suffered his first career loss in his last fight and the manner in which he was defeated was shocking to everyone. The multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion was submitted by Anthony ‘Fluffy’ Hernandez via guillotine choke. Rodolfo Vieira completely gassed out in the first round and could barely remain standing thus giving his opponent an opening.

‘The Black Belt Hunter’ is 7-1 as a professional and has submission wins in 6 of his 7 victories. If he has successfully managed to work on his cardio, he will be virtually unstoppable if the fight hits the canvas. Not to mention, he packs a considerable amount of power in his punches and Stoltzfus will have to be wary.

Dustin Stoltzfus also lost his last fight as he was bested by Kyle Daukaus at UFC 255 in November 2020. The 13-2 fighter has a comprehensive game and it’s hard to limit him in any particular capacity. He hasn’t got his UFC run off to the best start and he’ll want to make right on his UFC journey going ahead.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Dustin Stoltzfus punches Kyle Daukaus in their middleweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Stoltzfus is more than adept on the ground, however, grappling with Vieira usually doesn’t end well. Dustin Stoltzfus will benefit greatly from staying at range and making constant attempts to rush in when the time is right.

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Prediction: Dustin Stoltzfus to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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