Poliana Botelho

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Poliana Botelho
Born (1988-12-15) December 15, 1988 (age 29)
Muriae, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Residence Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Strawweight (2016-present)
Flyweight (2013-2016)
Style Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Nova União
Rank Black belt in Muay Thai[2]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Michele Tavares[3]
Years active 2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 7
By knockout 6
By decision 1
Losses 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Poliana Botelho (born December 15, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist[4][5][6][7] 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.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Xtreme Fighting Championships[edit]

In 2014, Botelho joined XFC's second women's flyweight tournament. She made her promotional debut in September 2014 at XFCi 6 against Karina Rodriguez, winning the fight by TKO. The win propelled her to the tournament's semifinal round.[8]

Botelho was then slated to fight Taila Santos at XFCi 8 in December 2014. However, Santos failed to make weight, leading to the cancellation of the bout. Botelho, in turn, was advanced to the tournament's final round.[9]

In March 2015, Botelho fought once more under the XFC banner, this time taking on Antonia Silvaneide in the Women's Flyweight Tournament Final at XFCi 9. She won the fight by TKO in the first round, becoming the second winner in the history of the tournament.[10] After the win, she was honored with a parade in her hometown.[11]

Later that year, Botelho faced Argentine fighter Silvana Gómez Juárez, this time for the vacant XFC Women's Flyweight belt at XFCi 11. Despite being dropped and nearly submitted in the early rounds, Botelho went on to win the fight after a doctor stoppage between rounds. Botelho became the promotion's Women's Flyweight Champion.[12]

After her success in XFC, Botelho vacated the title and was signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2016.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[14]

Botelho fought Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 216 on October 7, 2017.[15] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Botelho faced Syuri Kondo on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[16] She won the fight via TKO due to a body kick and punches just 33 seconds into the first round.[17]

Botelho is expected to face Cynthia Calvillo on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[18]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 7–1 Syuri Kondo TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 1 0:33 Santiago, Chile
Win 6–1 Pearl Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Strawweight debut.
Win 5–1 Silvana Gómez Juárez TKO (doctor stoppage) XFC International 11 September 19, 2015 4 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Won the vacant XFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Antonia Silvaneide TKO (punches) XFC International 9 March 14, 2015 1 1:36 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 3–1 Karina Rodríguez TKO (body kick) XFC International 6 September 27, 2014 3 2:15 Araraquara, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Viviane Pereira Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat 20 June 7, 2014 3 5:00 Armação dos Búzios, Brazil For the vacant Bitetti Combat Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Ingrid Schwartz TKO (punches) KTA Fight 1 December 14, 2013 1 N/A Cataguases, Brazil
Win 1–0 Thais Raphaela TKO (punches) Favela Kombat 8 September 28, 2013 1 N/A Niterói, Brazil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Poliana Botelho UFC profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  2. ^ Renato Senna (May 1, 2017). "No aguardo do UFC, brasileira promete: "Vou chegar metendo o pé na porta"" (in Portuguese). Torcedores.com. 
  3. ^ Poliana Botelho (@polibotelho) (December 3, 2015). ""Hoje peguei a faixa azul com professora Michele Tavares.. Oss"". Twitter. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Pearl Gonzalez-Poliana Botelho Scheduled for UFC 216 in Las Vegas". MMA News. August 9, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Após lesão, Poliana Botelho espera estreia no UFC: "Pretendo dominar"". Combate. March 21, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Muriaeense Poliana Botelho estreia no UFC dia 7 de outubro em Las Vegas". Radio Muriae. September 1, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Musa brasileira, Poliana Botelho estreia contra Gonzalez no UFC 216". Superlutas. August 8, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Staff (2014-09-27). "XFCi6". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  9. ^ Staff (2015-02-16). "Botelho one win from tournament championship". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  10. ^ Staff (2015-03-14). "Botelho wins Flyweight Tournament". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  11. ^ Staff (2015-03-28). "Botelho parade". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  12. ^ Staff (2015-09-15). "XFCi11". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  13. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-05-03). "UFC signs Botelho". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  14. ^ Staff (2016-10-26). "Valérie Létourneau finally confronts Viviane Pereira at UFC 206". rds.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-02.  (in French)
  15. ^ MMAjunkie staff (2017-08-30). "Pearl Gonzalez vs. debuting Poliana Botelho officially booked for UFC 216". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  16. ^ DNA, MMA. "Poliana Botelho stuit op Syuri Kondo tijdens UFC Fight Night Santiago (Chili)". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-02-10. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Poliana Botelho liver kick shuts down Syuri Kondo in 33 seconds". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  18. ^ Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho (2018-08-17). "Poliana Botelho faces American Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Buenos Aires". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.  (in Portuguese)

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