Poliana Botelho

Brazil

Draws Kim in 2022
FlyweightUFC
October 11, 2021
Botelho will take on Ji Yeon Kim in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Jan. 22, John Hyon Ko of The All Star Sport reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho has lost back-to-back fights, but her most recent defeat came via split decision against a heavy Luana Carolina in May. Kim has also dropped back-to-back fights, though she was a recipient of a Fight of the Night bonus in last September's loss to Molly McCann. Botelho is an inch taller, but will be giving up a whopping five inches in reach for this matchup. She'll also be at a major statistical disadvantage in striking volume, so it wouldn't be surprising to see her look to get this to the mat early in an attempt to exploit Kim's poor 40 percent takedown defense.
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FlyweightUFC
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Botelho lost to Luana Carolina via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's an absolutely crushing defeat for Botelho. Yes, Carolina missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning, but that doesn't excuse Botelho's performance. She easily won Round 1 before generating next to no offense over the course of the final ten minutes. Botelho allowed Carolina to land 100-of-130 total strikes, a staggering number considering Carolina's lack of explosiveness. The roof has caved in on Botelho since winning her first two UFC bouts. She has gone 1-3 in her last four fights dating back to November 2018.
Fighting heavy opponent
FlyweightUFC
April 30, 2021
Botelho will take on a heavy opponent in Luana Carolina on Saturday, per Dana White.
ANALYSIS
Botelho's opponent, Carolina, came in 2.5 pounds over the limit for the bout after taking the fight just under a month before the scheduled date. Despite giving up a couple of extra pounds, Botelho remains the betting favorite at approximately -250 and may take home a little larger portion of the purse as a result.
Now fighting Luana Carolina
FlyweightUFC
March 31, 2021
Botelho will take on Luana Carolina (knee) in a flyweight match at the UFC's event on May 1, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho will take on a replacement after Mayra Bueno Silva was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Bueno Silva initially replaced Ji Yeon Kim, making Carolina, a Muay Thai specialist by trade, her third scheduled opponent. Carolina is coming off a six-month medical suspension due to a knee injury.
Needs new opponent
FlyweightUFC
March 31, 2021
Botelho needs a new opponent for the UFC's May 1 event after Mayra Bueno Silva withdrew from the matchup due to a back injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho will be in search of a third opponent for the May 1 card after both Bueno Silva and Ji Yeon Kim withdrew from the fight. Botelho has stated that she still hopes to fight on the card, and the promotion will have just over a month to find a new opponent.
Gets new May 1 opponent
FlyweightUFC
March 22, 2021
Botelho (8-3-0) is now scheduled to face Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1-1) in a flyweight fight at the UFC's May 1 event after Botelho's initial opponent, Ji Yeon Kim, withdrew Monday for undisclosed reasons, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Botelho returns to the Octagon looking to get back on track after losing in two of her last three fights. Her most recent bout came back in October, when Botelho lost to Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision.