Polyana Viana
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Picks up quick submission win
February 13, 2021
Viana defeated Mallory Martin via submission (armbar) at 3:18 of Round 1 at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Martin engaged Viana in the ground battle she was desperately seeking, and the Brazilian took full advantage. Martin forced Viana to the mat after catching a kick in the opening moments on the fight. Viana immediately clamped on a triangle choke and worked on that for a while before eventually transitioning to the armbar that ended the bout. Viana has now won back-to-back fights on the heels of a three-fight losing streak. The 28-year-old has a chance whenever a bout ends up on the mat, but there's nothing in Viana's background to suggest her striking game will hold up against better competition. The ability to catch a quick submission still makes her an intriguing fantasy play, especially when she enters as a betting underdog. Another positive is that she'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts here.
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To face Martin in February
October 15, 2020
Viana (foot) is being targeted for a strawweight matchup against Mallory Martin at the UFC event scheduled for Feb. 13, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
Viana moved her UFC record up to 2-3 last August with a win over Emily Whitmire, but sustained foot and thumb injuries in the process. It appears she's received the proper medical clearance, though there will be nearly six months between the two matchups. She'll take on a fighter in Martin who also picked up a win on that card, improving to 2-1 under the UFC banner with a submission win against Hannah Cifers. It's a small sample size, but Martin has the edge in striking volume and offensive wrestling. Viana tends to attempt more submissions, however.
Foot and thumb injuries
September 3, 2020
Viana has been suspended six months pending medical clearance by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Viana earned a quick and convincing victory over Emily Whitmire last Saturday, but it appears it came at a cost. She needs both a MRI on her right thumb and X-ray of her right foot to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor if she intends to compete prior to February of 2020.
Breaks long losing streak
August 29, 2020
Viana defeated Emily Whimire via submission (armbar) at 1:53 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It took a miracle armbar in what was otherwise a dreadful performance, but this victory figures to save Viana's job. Entering on three-fight losing streak and without a win in more than 2.5 years, Viana allowed Whitmire to score an easy takedown right off the bat. The Brazilian was being dominated on the mat before clipping Whitmire with an elbow and grabbing a hold of her arm. It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. Not much should be expected from Viana moving forward, but this result should ensure we see her in the Octagon once again.
Whitmire fight rescheduled
July 9, 2020
Viana will face off against Emily Whitmire at the UFC event on August 29, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Viana was supposed to fight Whitmire at UFC 248, but her opponent had to withdraw after going to the emergency room for an undisclosed reason. Viana will be looking to break a three fight losing streak.
Loses opponent for UFC 248
March 7, 2020
Vianna tweeted Saturday that she will not be fighting at UFC 248 due to her opponent, Emily Whitmire, having to go to the hospital.
This news is coming in just hours before the fight was set to take place. Vianna will obviously not be able to get a replacement opponent, so she will now have to wait for a new fight. It is unclear what issue Whitmire is dealing with.