Bellator’s Poliana Botelho reveals she’s battling breast cancer, undergoes surgery


Poliana Botelho revealed on social media that she underwent surgery Friday to remove a lymph node after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The MMA fighter was already cleared from the hospital and has returned home to Rio de Janeiro.

” “Thank you so much for the positive energy,” Botelho posted on Instagram. “This fight is mine and ours.”

The Nova Uniao flyweight said in a video that she is “in pain, obviously, but everything’s going as it was supposed.” You can be sure I’m very strong and this battle will definitely be mine.”

Botelho (9-5) went 3-4 under the UFC banner between 2017 and 2022 with losses in her last three fights for the promotion. She rebounded with a decision victory over Helen Peralta at Invicta FC 49 this past September before inking a deal with Bellator in November. Her career path is still unknown.

See Botelho’s Instagram post.