Poliana Botelho defeated Lauren “Princess Tiger” Mueller (5-1) in an early prelim women’s flyweight bout at UFC 236, improving her record to 7-2 after her previous lost to Cynthia Calvillo.
Initially, Botelho was set to fight Paige VanZant at UFC 236, but since VanZant fractured her arm, the card opponent was replaced with Lauren. The Brazilian returned to flyweight after fighting in the strawweight division since 2017.
Botelho displayed the prowess striking she has trademarked in her early UFC career (3-1). The Brazilian out of Minas Gerais, wobbled Mueller with a kick to the body at the start of the first round. She unloaded sequences of strikes and halfway to go in the round, she dominated with ground control.
Mueller landed 210 strikes out of her 364 attempted strikes, while Botelho connected with 304 strikes out of 404 strikes, an efficient 75 percent. However, both fighters landed 94 significant strikes, though Botelho dominated in taking the fight to the ground by completing all of her four attempted takedowns.
Mueller headshots were effective, landing 56 strikes upstairs, but Botelho’s body kicks slowed down the “Princess Tiger” as she recovered. To restore her stamina. Mueller would clinch to avoid punishment from Botelho, however, the Brazilian managed to connect on 192 strikes during clinches.
The “Princess Tiger” now finds herself on a two-fight losing streak, previously losing to Yanan Wu by an armbar submission in the first round at UFC Fight Night 141. As for Botelho, it’s a redemption victory after Calvillo submitted her on a rear-naked choke last November.