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December 15, 1988|
Muriae, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Residence||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Black belt in Muay Thai |
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Michele Tavares
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Poliana Botelho (born 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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.
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.
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. After the win, she was honored with a parade in her hometown.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||7 wins||1 loss|
|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|
- "Poliana Botelho UFC profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Renato Senna (May 1, 2017). "No aguardo do UFC, brasileira promete: "Vou chegar metendo o pé na porta"" (in Portuguese). Torcedores.com.
- Poliana Botelho (@polibotelho) (December 3, 2015). ""Hoje peguei a faixa azul com professora Michele Tavares.. Oss"". Twitter. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- "Pearl Gonzalez-Poliana Botelho Scheduled for UFC 216 in Las Vegas". MMA News. August 9, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Após lesão, Poliana Botelho espera estreia no UFC: "Pretendo dominar"". Combate. March 21, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Muriaeense Poliana Botelho estreia no UFC dia 7 de outubro em Las Vegas". Radio Muriae. September 1, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Musa brasileira, Poliana Botelho estreia contra Gonzalez no UFC 216". Superlutas. August 8, 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- Staff (2014-09-27). "XFCi6". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Staff (2015-02-16). "Botelho one win from tournament championship". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Staff (2015-03-14). "Botelho wins Flyweight Tournament". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Staff (2015-03-28). "Botelho parade". xfcmma.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Staff (2015-09-15). "XFCi11". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Guilherme Cruz (2016-05-03). "UFC signs Botelho". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- Staff (2016-10-26). "Valérie Létourneau finally confronts Viviane Pereira at UFC 206". rds.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-02. (in French)
- MMAjunkie staff (2017-08-30). "Pearl Gonzalez vs. debuting Poliana Botelho officially booked for UFC 216". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- DNA, MMA. "Poliana Botelho stuit op Syuri Kondo tijdens UFC Fight Night Santiago (Chili)". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Poliana Botelho liver kick shuts down Syuri Kondo in 33 seconds". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- 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)