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Biography And Interesting Facts About Poliana Botelho

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Biography And Interesting Facts About Poliana Botelho

Poliana Botelho was born in December 15, 1988, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She previously held the Women’s Flyweight Championship in the Xtreme Fighting Championships.

Botelho made her professional debut in 2013, getting knockout wins over Thais Raphaela and Ingrid Schwartz in Favela Kombat and KTAF respectively. In 2014, she fought for the vacant flyweight title in the promotion Bitetti Combat. She lost the bout via Unanimous Decision to fellow Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist Viviane Pereira. She later signed to the Xtreme Fighting Championships as a Flyweight.

Botelho joined the UFC’s strawweight division. She was expected to make her UFC debut against Valerie Letourneau at UFC 206, but was forced to pull out due to injury. She was replaced by former opponent and fellow XFC champion Viviane Pereira.

Botelho fought Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 216 on October 7, 2017. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Botelho faced Syuri Kondo on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. She won the fight via TKO due to a body kick and punches just 33 seconds into the first round.

Botelho faced Cynthia Calvillo on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140. At the weigh-ins, Calvillo weighed in at 118 lbs, 2 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116 lbs. She was fined 20 percent of her purse, which went to her opponent, Botelho, and the bout proceeded at catchweight. She lost the fight via a rear-naked choke in round one.

Botelho was briefly linked to a matchup with Paige VanZant at UFC 236 on April 13, However, just days after the pairing was leaked, VanZant announced that she would not be competing on the card due to a fractured right arm. VanZant was replaced by Lauren Mueller. She won the fight by unanimous decision.

Botelho was scheduled to face Maryna Moroz on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241. However, it was reported on August 1, 2019 that Moroz was forced to pull out from the event citing injury.

Botelho faced Gillian Robertson on October 18, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 180. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Botelho was scheduled to face Ji Yeon Kim on May 1, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka. However, Kim pulled out of the fight on March 22 citing injury and was replaced by Mayra Bueno Silva. Bueno suffered a back injury in late March and she was pulled from the bout. Bueno was replaced by Luana Carolina. She lost the close bout via split decision.

Botelho was scheduled to face Ji Yeon Kim on January 22, 2022 at UFC 270, but Botelho pulled out instead and the pairing was scrapped.

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