News of this fight’s announcement was first reported by Raphael Marinho of Combate.com. It’s since been relayed by other media outlets.
English Translation: “After Mayra Sheetara’s injury, UFC sends Luana Dread as a substitute against Poliana Botelho for the 5/1 event.”
Poliana Botelho vs Luana Carolina Confirmed for May 1st
Poliana Botelho (8-3, 3-2 UFC) signed to the UFC in 2017 after earning her third straight finish for the promotion Xtreme Fighting Championships. The Brazilian flyweight displayed every part of her Muay Thai black belt in her first two UFC showings – going 2-0 with a first-round TKO. Botelho is looking to get back on track after winning just one of her last three bouts. Losses to Cynthia Calvillo and Gillian Robertson halted Botelho’s momentum for now, but the 32-year old’s definitely a mainstay in the division.
Luana Carolina (6-2, 1-1 UFC) earned her UFC contract by securing a decision victory on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil in 2018. The following year, “Dread” successfully debuted by defeating Priscila Cachoeira on the scorecards. Unfortunately, Carolina would have three fights canceled between her debut and her most recent outing against Ariane Lipski. Two years ago, she suffered a fracture in her spine that required intensive rehab. Now back and fully healthy, the 27-year-old will be highly motivated to showcase her talents in her next fight.
Poliana Botelho vs Luana Carolina adds to a UFC Fight Night card that’s scheduled to be headlined by light heavyweight contenders Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka. Check out the full card as it stands today below:
- Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes vs Jiri Prochazka
- Light Heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba vs Devin Clark
- Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Augusto Sakai
- Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze
- Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann
- Flyweight: TJ Laramie vs Damon Jackson
- Featherweight: Kai Kamaka III vs TJ Brown
- Middleweight: KB Bhullar vs Andreas Michailidis
- Strawweight: Sam Hughes vs Loma Lookboonmee
- Middleweight: Sean Strickland vs Krzysztof Jotko
- Bantamweight: Felipe Colares vs Journey Newson
- Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez vs Jonathan Pearce
- Strawweight: Randa Markos vs Luana Pinheiro
- Women’s Flyweight: Poliana Botelho vs Luana Carolina
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Poliana Botelho vs Luana Carolina