Poliana Botelho

Brazil

Will fight at UFC Anaheim
StrawweightUFC
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.
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Hangs on late to decision Lauren Mueller
StrawweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Botelho defeated Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
What should have been a walk in the park for Botelho turned into a nail biter. After totally dominating Mueller for the first two rounds, Botelho's gas tank completely evaporated and she should consider herself lucky that she managed to hang on and take the decision. A win over Mueller means very little these days and Botelho is going to get hammered against better competition unless she improves her cardio.
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.
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.