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POLIANA BOTELHO

AGE

29

RECORD

7-2-0

REACH

67”

HEIGHT

5'8"

WEIGHT

115LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

NOVA UNIAO

HOMETOWN

MURIAE, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC 236 – VS Lauren Mueller 

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Mueller takes the center. Both fighters are feeling each other. Hard leg kick lands for Botelho! Mueller takes the kick and continues with the pressure. Both fighters are exchanging straight punches. Botelho is keeping her distance with the kicks. Mueller is setting up the timing on her right hand. 1st min in, She presses forward and connects with a right hand. Hard kick to the body lands for Botelho! She is very aggressive with the kicks early! Botelho initiates the clinch and starts unloading with the knees to the body. She takes the body lock and starts working for a takedown. Beautiful judo throws by Botelho as she finishes in the half guard position! Mueller is controlling the posture from the bottom. Botelho is putting strong pressure on Mueller. Halfway in, Botelho starts landing nice shots to the body. Mueller scrambles from the bottom and gets the full guard back. Botelho steps over to the half guard and starts landing hard right hands to the body. Mueller has a hard time finding her way up. She manages to stand and initiates the clinch against the fence. Mueller lands a couple of knees to the body but Botelho reverses the clinch position and takes the body lock. 1 min to go, she is trying to trip Mueller down once again. They are fighting for the under hooks. Botelho lands a couple of hard foot stamps! She is constantly busy with the knees. 10-9 Botelho

Rd 2 – Mueller takes the center and eats a leg kick. Botelho explodes with a two-punch combo and lands! Botelho is looking sharp and confident. She is keeping her distance well. Nice kick to the body lands for Botelho. Mueller already has a hard time closing the distance. She is pressing forward and eating straight punches. Mueller initiates the clinch against the fence. 1st min in, Botelho takes the body lock and starts unloading with the knees. Her Muay Thai skills are on point in this fight. Mueller returns a couple of knees but has a hard time separating from the clinch. Botelho is controlling the fight. Both fighters are exchanging clinch positions as Botelho separates and immediately shoots for the double leg takedown. Botelho scores the takedown and gets the guard position. Halfway in, Mueller is scrambling from the bottom. Botelho is displaying strong top control. She is in the half guard now. Mueller crawls to the fence and starts working for her way up. Mueller manages to stand but finds herself in the clinch once again. Mueller reverses the clinch position. Botelho takes the body lock and reverses. Both fighters are passive in the clinch. 1 min to go, Botelho tries to stay busy with the knees. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Nice spinning kick to the body lands for Botelho! Both fighters exchange punches. Botelho is showing great head movement. She shoots for a takedown once again, defended by Mueller. Muller wakes up and starts firing the straight punches! Both fighters exchange hard shots as the round ends! 10-9 Botelho

Rd 3 – Mueller takes the center and starts pressing forward. Botelho opens up with a couple of kicks. Mueller closes the distance but eats a hard right hand! Muller continues with the pressure and fires a quick one two. Muller is the aggressor. Nice left hook lands for Mueller! Botelho spots the danger on the feet and initiates the clinch against the fence. 1st min in, Mueller reversers the clinch position but has a hard time separating. Botelho has the body lock. She uses it to reverse the position once again but finds herself quickly with the back against the fence. Fighters are reversing the positions in the clinch. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity once again. The fight continues in the center. Mueller charges forward but fails to lands anything significant. Halfway in, Stiff jab lands for Botelho! She is very accurate with the punches so far. She presses forward but finds herself in the clinch. Botelho is controlling the clinch with a body lock. Both fighters are passive. The referee stops the fight again. They are back in the center. Nice left to the body lands for Mueller! Botelho counters with the kick to the body but eats a knee to the body by Mueller! Mueller is confident. Nice left hook lands for Botelho! Muller responds with a big right straight-left hook combo!!! Botelho is hurt!!! Mueller is all over Botelho! She is swinging hard! Botelho responds with a knee to the body. 1 min to go, Botelho loses her balance and goes down. Mueller follows her back to the mat and takes the guard position. Mueller postures up and lands a hard hammer fist! Botelho is in the survival mode on the bottom. 10-9 Mueller

WATCH FIGHT

NOVEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 140 – VS CYNTHIA CALVILLO

RESULT – LOST VIA 1st RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Botelho immediately takes the center. Calvillo is moving on the outside. Botelho opens the fight with a hard leg kick. Botelho misses with the spinning kick to the body. Botelho fires a hard leg kick. Calvillo catches the kick. Calvillo trips Botelho down to the mat. Botelho explodes back to her feet. Botelho continues with the hard leg kicks. 1st min in, both fighters are patient. Botelho is looking for the openings. Botelho goes high with the kick, blocked by Calvillo. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Calvillo misses with the one-two combination. Calvillo is switching stances. Calvillo has a hard time connecting with the punches. Halfway in, hard inside leg kick lands for Calvillo! Calvillo is looking confident.  Botelho fires a kick to the body. Calvillo catches the kick once again and scores a takedown. Calvillo is in the side control position. Calvillo is putting hard pressure on Botelho. 1 min to go, Botelho is scrambling from the bottom position.. Calvillo is landing nice short elbows to the body. Botelho gives her back! Calvillo sets up the rear-naked choke!!! It looks tight!!! Botelho taps out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

MAY 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 129 – VS SYURI KONDO

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD TKO (KICK TO THE BODY AND PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 –  Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Nice leg kick lands for Botelho. Hard kick to the body lands for Botelho! Kondo is hurt! Kondo is moving backwards! Botelho pushes for a finish with more punches!!! The referee steps in and stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

OCTOBER 2017 UFC 216 – VS PEARL GONZALEZ

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Gonzalez opens the round with a leg kick. Stiff jab lands for Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the aggressor early. Hard leg kicks are landing for Gonzalez! Gonzalez initiates the clinch. 1st min in, Gonzalez is working for a takedown. Botelho lands a knee to the body. Botelho is landing big elbows! Botelho is exploding with the elbows! Gonzalez is still working for a takedown. Halfway in, Botelho is looking to separate. Hard knee to the body lands for Gonzalez! Gonzalez is grabbing the fence. The referee warns Gonzales a couple of times. The referee stops the fight and takes away the position out of Gonzalez. The fight continues in the center. Stiff jab lands for Botelho. Gonzalez moves forward and initiates the clinch once again. Botelho reverses the position. Botelho has the double under hooks. Gonzalez turns the clinch around. Gonzalez is looking very strong in the clinch. 1 min to go, Botelha reverses the position. Fighters are fighting for the under hooks. Gonzalez reverses the position. Botelho lands a couple of nice elbows. Gonzalez is holding the single leg. 10-9 Gonzalez

Rd 2 – Both fighters are landing leg kicks. Botelho is keeping her distance with the front kick to the body. Gonzalez level changes and shoots for a takedown. Botelho defends the takedown. Gonzalez continues with the clinch. Gonzalez is working for a takedown. 1st min in, Botelho is doing a good job defending. Botelho is busy with the right hand. Botelho is landing nice short punches. Botelho is trying to reverse the position. Halfway in, Botelho is landing hard elbows! Botelho is doing more damage. Gonzalez takes the single leg. Botelho is showing great takedown defense. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Nice front kick to the body lands for Botelho. Botelho misses with the spinning kick. Gonzalez is slowing down. 1 min to go, Hard leg kick lands for Botelho. Botelho finds her rhythm. Botelho misses with the right hand. Gonzalez clinches. Fighters are exchanging knees as the round ends. 10-9 Botelho

Rd 3 – Gonzalez continues working with the leg kicks. Botelho is patient and looking to explode with the right hand. Hard leg kick lands for Botelho! Gonzalez initiates the clinch. 1st min in, Botelho is busy with the short punches. Hard knee to the body lands for Botelho! Gonzalez is very passive in the clinch. Gonzalez takes the single leg but fails to score a takedown. Halfway in, Botelho is desperately trying to separate. Gonzalez is not doing any damage. Botelho is landing hard knees and elbows! The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Gonzalez immediately pushes for a clinch. Hard knee to the body lands for Botelho. Botelho is landing more significant strikes. 1 min to go, Botelho is landing hard punches with the right hand! The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Botelho misses with the spinning back kick. Botelho explodes with the punches! Gonzalez initiates the clinch. Botelho takes the body lock and scores a takedown! 10-9 Botelho

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

9 MATCHES 7 WINS 2 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 6 0
SUBMISSION 0 1
DECISION 1 1
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Botelho is the standup fighter with the good Muay Thai skills.
  • Botelho has won the XFC International flyweight championship.
  • Botelho made her UFC debut against Gonzalez.
  • Botelho is very aggressive. She is always looking for a finish.
  • Against Gonzales, Botelho had a hard time separating from the clinch.
  • Botelho was landing nice short elbows and punches in the clinch against Gonzales.
  • Botelho has very had kicks. She was landing hard kicks to the body against Kondo.
  • Botelho has good takedown defense as seen against Gonzales.
  • Against Calvillo, Botelho has shown poor submission defense.
  • Botelho was telegraphing her kicks against Calvillo. Calvillo caught the kick a couple of times.