Poliana Botelho, a former UFC women's flyweight, received extremely unfortunate news. After being dropped by the UFC, the Brazilian was taken up by Invicta FC, but she only competed in one match before learning she had breast cancer.
Botelho has recently signed for Bellator in November after a brief stint at Invicta FC and has undergone surgery to remove a nodule and is currently undergoing treatment to fight the disease. It’s still unclear what her career plans are going forward.
Botelho shared the news on social media, posting a photo of herself with the caption:
“I’m here to tell you I’m all right and to thank you all for the messages. I had surgery to remove the nodule and now I’m resting at home. Thank you for the positive energy. This fight is already mine. Ours.”
The news has sent shockwaves through the MMA community, with fans and fellow fighters including fellow athletes such as Amanda Nunes, Matheus Nicolau, and Felice Herrig, among others sending their good wishes to Botelho. Many have expressed admiration for her bravery and determination in the face of such a difficult challenge.
The news of Botelho's cancer diagnosis has shed light on the importance of regular check-ups and early detection. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and early detection is crucial to successful treatment.
Botelho's message of strength and positivity in the face of adversity has inspired many, and she has become a symbol of hope for those battling cancer. As she continues to fight the disease, the MMA community will undoubtedly be cheering her on and wishing her a full and speedy recovery.
In the meantime, Botelho's focus remains on her treatment and her fight against cancer. She has expressed gratitude for the support she has received from her fans and has vowed to come back stronger than ever once she has defeated the disease.
During 2017 and 2022, Botelho (9-5) scored 3-4 when competing for the UFC, losing her final three matches. She bounced back by defeating Helen Peralta through a decision at Invicta FC 49 in September.