Poliana Botelho
Gets new opponent for UFC 236
StrawweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Botelho will now take on Lauren Mueller in a flyweight showdown at UFC 236 on April 13 in Atlanta, freelance MMA journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho was originally scheduled for a date with Paige VanZant, but VanZant was ultimately forced to withdraw after suffering the second broken arm of her UFC tenure. In steps Mueller who is 1-1 in the UFC, most recently dropping a submission loss to Yanan Wu in November. Mueller got her chance as the product of Dana White's Contender Series, but little is known about the 27-year-old prospect with just six professional fights. Botelho has a slight edge in striking differential, though it's over a small sample size.
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Needs new opponent for UFC 236
StrawweightUFC
March 1, 2019
Botelho won't face Paige VanZant at UFC 236 after it was announced Thursday that VanZant broke her forearm, Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Considering the original fight was planned for April, it seems reasonable that the UFC will be able to find a new opponent for Botelho in time for UFC 236. Botelho is 2-1 so far in her UFC career, having lost to Cynthia Calvillo her last time out at UFC Fight Night 140 via a rear-naked choke submission.
Fighting VanZant at UFC 236
StrawweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Botelho has been added to the card at UFC 236 in April against Paige VanZant, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho is looking to rebound from her last outing when she was forced to submit against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Fight Night 140 in Argentina. She'll do so against PVZ, who is still coming off a long absence stemming from two arm surgeries but won her in return in January against Rachel Ostovich. Botelho goes into the matchup with a career record of 7-2 and has won her last two bouts in UFC prior to losing against Calvillo.
Gets choked out Saturday
StrawweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Botelho lost to Cynthia Calvillo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Botelho came out looking to use her reach but actually ended up eating hard shots from the grappler before being taken to the ground and choked out. Botelho had buzz around her due to a body kick KO of Syuri Kondo in her last fight, but aside from a powerful kicking game, it's not clear what Botehlo has to offer at this point. She will certainly need to work on her wrestling defense if she wants to have success moving forward. Botelho falls to 7-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Opponent misses weight
StrawweightUFC
November 16, 2018
Botelho remains in line to fight Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Argentina on Saturday, despite Calvillo weighing in two pounds over the strawweight limit, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho hit her mark early Friday morning, and if the fight goes on as planned, she stands to gain 20 percent of Calvillo's fight purse. Botelho opened as a betting underdog for this fight, but since then, the odds have swung back in her favor. She now sits as a (-150) favorite, provided the fight goes on. While that is the current plan, it remains a situation worth monitoring, as Calvillo did not look to be in good physical condition when hitting the scales.
To face Cynthia Calvillo in Argentina
StrawweightUFC
September 11, 2018
Botelho will take on Cynthia Calvillo (suspension) in a strawweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17.
ANALYSIS
Botelho is 6-1 as a professional and 2-0 under the UFC banner, most recently picking up a quick TKO victory over Syuri Kondo in May. Neither woman is currently ranked in the 115-pound division, but both fighters are right on the edge, and could jump into the top-15 with a victory. Botelho is a slightly younger fighter that will have a slight size advantage, and while she has better striking numbers, the small sample size cannot be ignored. Six of Botelho's first eight professional fights have ended in a KO/TKO victory, so there's plenty of upside from a fantasy perspective.