Polyana Viana made a statement at the expense of Maia Stevenson
Earlier tonight (Feb. 3), Viana took on Stevenson inside the Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil. The bout was part of the FOX Sports 2 UFC Belem prelims. Viana put on a grappling clinic and submitted her opponent in the opening frame.
Viana wasted little time getting to business. Once the fight got to the ground, there was no competition. Stevenson fought off an armbar, but Viana remained patient. Eventually, she took the back of her opponent and locked in the rear-naked choke for the finish.
With the victory, Viana is now 10-1 in her professional mixed martial arts career. This was her UFC debut. You can check out the finish below courtesy of the official Twitter account of FOX Sports UFC:
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 4, 2018
Stevenson now falls to 6-5. She was on season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where she was eliminated by Sijara Eubanks. Since that wasn’t a professional bout, Stevenson came into her fight against Viana on a five-fight winning streak.
Sound off in the comments below fight fans. What did you think of Viana’s performance? Do we have a potential star in the making or is it too early to tell? Let’s hear it!