Brazilian striker Poliana Botelho propelled herself into superstardom by recording the fastest ever finish in the women’s strawweight division at UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile.
Fighting against the undefeated 6-0 Japanese striker Syuri Kondo, Botelho said beforehand that she was hoping for an exciting fight.
“I hope Kondo trades with me,” Botelho said. “Most strikers I face don’t want to trade with me, but let’s hope she does, and we can put on a beautiful fight. I think we can put on a show in this one.”
When Botelho (6-1 before this one) made her UFC debut against Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 216, she was fighting for the first time in over two years and admitted that ring rust was a factor.
“I wanted to stand and fight with Pearl but she wanted to work on the fence, but even there she wasn’t able to take me down,” Botelho said. “I focused a lot on takedown defence, so I was feeling comfortable and confident there. I think I wasn’t able to impose my game better because I was off for two years, injuries and all that, but this time, God willing, I will be able to impose my game and the fight will be just like I’m working.”
“Competing in wrestling gives me the confidence to get the takedowns if I need to,” she continued. “I’m a complete fighter today. If I have to go to the ground, work against the cage, or stand, I can do that. I’ve been fixing the holes in my game every day, becoming a better and more complete fighter.”
There was to be no wrestling in this fight, however; in no time at all, Botelho hurt Kondo on the feet with a brutal liver kick.
The Japanese pro-wrestler dropped her hands and backed up against the cage as Botelho moved in for the kill.
She landed a flurry of hard punches that forced the ref to intervene, calling the fight to a stop after just 33 seconds of action.
With this incredible performance, the hard-hitting Botelho has earned the record for the fastest finish in the history of the women’s strawweight division and in doing so, has put everyone on notice.
This was her sixth career knockout finish and by the looks of things, there will be plenty more to come.
And despite being a part of the super-stacked 115-pound division, the Brazilian will likely be knocking on the door of the top 15 in no time!
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