Poliana Botelho is a Rio de Janeiro native who got her professional mixed martial arts career underway on the regional circuit in Brazil. Now, she is trying to take the next step towards stardom on the biggest stage the sport has to offer and under the bright lights of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While she is currently unranked in the UFC’s strawweight division, a big win could begin her move up the 115-pound ladder.
Botelho, who trains at the famed Nova Uniao gym, is a black belt in Muay Thai and blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She holds a professional record of 6-1 since debuting in 2013.
Botelho began her professional career with two straight knockout wins over Thais Raphaela and Ingrid Schwartz, before falling to fellow UFC fighter Viviane Pereira for the vacant Bitetti Combat Women’s Flyweight Championship. She rebounded with three straight wins, including a TKO victory over Silvana Gomez Juarez for the XFC Women’s Flyweight Championship.
The 29-year-old then got the call-up to the UFC, making her strawweight debut and defeating Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision at UFC 216.
Now, Botelho is looking to get back in action against Syuri Kondo on Saturday, May 18 at UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile. The event is headlined by a bout between top welterweight contenders Demian Maia and Kamaru Usman. The event will air on FOX Sports 1, giving Botelho one of the biggest platforms of her career.