Polyana Viana has big ambitions following a 47-second knockout win over Jinh Yu Frey at this past Saturday’s UFC Vegas 64 event.
Viana (13-5-0) stunned fans with her performance on Saturday night, taking just 47-seconds to knockout the former Invicta FC champion in Jinh Yu Frey. The performance earned Viana a $50,000 bonus. With the victory, Viana has now won three of her last four fights following previous first-round submission victories over Mallory Martin and Emily Whitmire.
During a recent chat with MMA Junkie, Viana said that she is hoping to fight four times in 2023, with the hopes of beginning a run at the UFC strawweight championship. She is eyeing the UFC 283 event in Brazil for her next fight.
“I have a date and location I’d like to fight – in Rio on the 21st of January (UFC 283). Let’s see what the UFC comes up with (for an opponent.” she said.
Leading into the fight, Viana had well-documented issues leaving Brazil due to political problems in the country. This led to her arriving in Las Vegas late. The Brazilian says these issues significantly affected her weight cut.
“This really got in my way. It was the hardest time I’ve ever had to drop weight. … I cried in the bathtub. I thanked my team for being around me. They wouldn’t have ever let me give up. It’s not the responsibility of the athlete to win per se, but it is the responsibility of the athlete to make weight.” she explained.
UFC strawweight title aspirations are not the only thing Viana has planned. The 30-year-old also announced post-fight that she is going to to have a meeting with the OnlyFans owner in the hopes of re-joining the popular subscription-based platform.
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