UFC Fight Night 125 Newcomer Breakdown: Polyana Viana

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at Brazilian strawweight Polyana Viana as she makes her UFC debut against recent The Ultimate Fighter competitor Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil.

Polyana Viana

Hometown: Sao Geraldo do Araguaia, Para, Brazil
Age: 26
Height: 5’7”
Weight Class: Women’s Strawweight
Camp: Tata Fight Team
Career Record: 9-1
Key Wins: Amanda Ribas
Key Losses: None


A veteran of Brazilian MMA promotion Jungle Fights, Polyana Viana enters her UFC debut on a five fight winning streak. All five of those wins have come inside the distance.


  • Decent pop in her punches
  • Good right hand
  • Hunts for the finish
  • Powerful ground and pound
  • Jiu Jitsu is underrated


  • Fights rather flat footed
  • Lack of volume on the feet

Fighter Grade

Offensive Striking: C-
Striking Defense: D
Knockout Power: B-
Athleticism/Speed: D+
Footwork: D-
Chin: C-
Offensive Wrestling: D
Takedown Defense: C-
Submissions: C+
Conditioning: D
Intangibles: C-

Overall Grade: C-

Matchup with Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson

Polyana Viana makes her UFC debut against fellow debutant Maia Stevenson. On the feet, both of these fighters like to stand and throw. They both have decent pop in their hands and can hurt opponents with power shots. The biggest difference is on the mat. Stevenson can be controlled and beat up on the ground. On the flip side, Viana has excellent submissions and is always looking to secure submissions in scrambles and on the ground. This fight is a mismatch and one Viana should win by finish. Viana by finish is the most likely result of this fight and is worth consideration at +110.

UFC Ceiling

Polyana Viana is a fighter who has the offensive tools to do well in the UFC. She has significant power for the weight class and a good submission game. She needs to round out her skill set and prove her ability against better competition, but she has enough to do well in the UFC right away. 

Fight Film

Check out Polyana Viana in some of her most recent fights:

Polyana Viana vs. Amanda Ribas

Polyana Viana vs. Karol Silva

Written by Jay Primetown

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