UFC 236: Catch up with Poliana Botelho heading into her fight with Lauren Mueller

Nova Uniao’s Poliana Botelho (7-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC)

returns to action at UFC 236 on Saturday night, where the Brazilian competitor moves up to flyweight and meets Lauren Mueller (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

MMA Junkie caught up with Botelho as she looks to shake off a loss and improve to 3-1 in the UFC.

You are 2-1 in the UFC. Can you recap your UFC career so far?

We have to take things slowly – one step at a time. That’s what we’ve done in the UFC. Against Pearl Gonzalez, the fight was more grappling-heavy. Against Syuri Kondo, she chose to stand up, which allowed me to get the fastest knockout in the strawweight class – 33 seconds.

As far as my last fight, a loss, we shouldn’t take credit away from my opponent (Cynthia Calvillo). But one of the biggest factors was making the weight.  On my first bout, I made the weight fine. The second time, it was so-so. The third time, it was horrible. I came in at the right weight, but during my training sessions, I could barely do anything. My body was too weak during my training camp. I think that affected my last bout. My team and I decided that, for my health, we wouldn’t fight at 115 pounds anymore.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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