Poliana Botelho is a Brazilian mixed martial artist (MMA) who is currently competing in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She previously held the Women’s Flyweight Championship in the Xtreme Fighting Championships.
Poliana Botelho was born on December 15, 1988, in Muriae, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was training Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, before turning to MMA.
Poliana Botelho made her professional MMA debut in 2013, getting knockout wins over Thais Raphaela and Ingrid Schwartz in Favela Kombat and KTAF respectively. The great start of her professional career was stopped in 2014 by Viviane Pereira, who won the fight at Bitetti Combat 20 by unanimous decision. However, Poliana Botelho joined XFCI and made 3 fights in 2014 and 2015, winning all of them – versus Karina Rodriguez (by KO), Antonia Silvaneide da Silva (by KO), and Silvana Gomez Juarez (by TKO).
On October 7, 2017, Poliana Botelho debuted in UFC at UFC 216. She won her fight versus Pearl Gonzalez by unanimous decision. In 2018, she had two more fights – winning versus Syuri Kondo at UFC Fight Night 129 (by TKO) and losing from Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Fight Night 140 (by rear-naked choke submission).
On April 13, 2019, Poliana Botelho fought against Lauren Mueller at UFC 236. She won the fight by unanimous decision. After that, there was a big interruption of the sports and MMA worldwide, due to the coronavirus pandemic, so her next fights were postponed to October 2020, when she lost by unanimous decision from Gillian Robertson at UFC Fight Night 180.
Poliana Botelho has a personal MMA record of 8-3-0 (W-L-D).
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