April 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Last modified date: April 28, 2021 2:40 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Poliana Botelho vs Luana Carolina at UFC Vegas 25

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When is UFC Vegas 25? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 25? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 25? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 25 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 25? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Poliana Botelho (8-3) is now 3-2 in the UFC but her losses were to two top-tier grapplers. After showcasing her savage striking in her first two UFC fights earning a unanimous decision over Pearl Gonzalez and finishing Syuri Kondo in the first round with a beautiful body kick, she ran into Cynthia Calvillo. Calvillo was one of the best grapplers in the division and now fights up at flyweight and it showed by cinching up a first-round submission. Botelho then moved up to flyweight herself and cruised past Lauren Mueller in a decision but then ran into Gillian Robertson. She did well to fend off the submission attempts but lost another unanimous decision.

Luana Carolina (6-2) is coming off her first loss since her professional debut and it was a brutal one. She took on Ariane Lipski in July last year and she pounced on a kneebar giving it a good wrench before Carolina screamed out in pain. It was a nasty way to snap a six-fight streak as well as the ligaments in her knee. Fortunately, it was only a partial tear to her ACL and now she is back and ready to pick up where she left off by beating Priscila Cachoeira on her debut.


Botelho will be grateful she is not up against another grappler. Carolina also prefers to stand and strike and she is very good at it so we can expect an exciting scrap.

Carolina will look to throw hard kicks and clinch up when Botelho steps into range, but she has to be careful of Botelho’s power. Botelho is a specimen and although she is not a great grappler, she is strong in the clinch.

Botelho comes into her own when there is space and will relish trading with Carolina. Carolina will be very dangerous especially when she switches up her kicks, but Botelho’s power should make the difference in a close fight.

Expect a very tight and exciting stand-up battle with power and technique on display. We are backing Botelho to get the nod, but it can go either way.

Prediction: Botelho via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Carolina via Decision

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