Poliana Botelho

Brazil

Slated to return in May
FlyweightUFC
February 10, 2021
Botelho is slated to take on Ji Yeon Kim (orbital) in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 1, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho is 8-3 as a professional fighter, but she'll attempt to return to the win column in May after losing to Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision in October. She'll take on Kim, who lost to Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision in August but was handed a six-month medical suspension due to a right orbital non-displaced fracture. Botelho has an edge in height, but Kim carries an advantage in reach.
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Gets swallowed up in loss
FlyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Botelho lost to Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Botelho did well to use her whizzer and thwart takedowns for most of the first round, but it was one-way traffic thereafter, with Robertson getting takedowns and slicing through to positions while doing consistent damage. Botelho has an excellent power-kicking game, but she needs to find another tool for dealing with strong wrestlers, who can catch those kicks and bring the fight where they want it. She falls to 8-3 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Taking on Robertson in flyweight fight
FlyweightUFC
July 29, 2020
Botelho is scheduled to face Gillian Robertson in a flyweight fight in a UFC event set for Oct. 17 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho last fought back in April 2019, when she won in a unanimous decision in a bout with Lauren Mueller. The Brazilian will have the advantage in terms of rest over Robertson, who most recently appeared in the Octagon at a UFC event in Las Vegas back on June 20. She defeated Cortney Casey via rear-naked choke in the third round.
Taken off UFC 241 card
FlyweightUFC
August 1, 2019
Botelho was removed from UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, California, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho's initial opponent, Maryna Moroz, withdrew due to an elbow injury and a replacement was unable to be found in time. The strawweight striking specialist will have her second UFC bout delayed.
Needs new opponent for UFC 241
FlyweightUFC
July 31, 2019
Botelho will need a new opponent for UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, California, as Maryna Moroz has withdrawn due to an elbow injury, Guilherme Cruz and Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com report
ANALYSIS
Moroz took a kick to her elbow, inflaming her ulna nerve. Assuming Botelho finds a new opponent, it will mark her second UFC bout. During her debut, she secured a unanimous decision victory over Lauren Mueller.
Will fight at UFC Anaheim
FlyweightUFC
June 12, 2019
Botelho will face Maryna Morozat UFC Anaheim on Aug. 17, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho has gotten off to a strong start to her UFC career, ending three of her four fights victoriously (two by unanimous decision). She has particularly excelled in both takedowns and takedown defense, owning a perfect success rate in her three attempts. She specializes, however, in striking and owns six of her eight professional wins via KO/TKO. She has landed .88 more significant strikes per minute than she has absorbed through three matches, which ranks far superior to Moroz, which could position her as the favorite for the fight.