UFC strawweight Polyana Viana is riding high on a two-fight win streak following a pair of sensational first-round armbar submission victories.
Viana (12-4-0) improved her win streak to two at this past Saturday’s UFC 258 event, tapping out Mallory Martin by way of an armbar in the first-round. The UFC awarded Viana a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts, having come off another first-round armbar submission win over Emily Whitmire this past August.
The 28-year-old is finally showing the UFC fans what she is truly capable of after a rough stretch with the promotion. Coming back from a tough skid and submitting women who own victories over the fighters she previously lost to, Viana feels on top of the world and credits her change in mindset for her career resurgence.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing well psychologically two years ago. I’ve always trained hard, tried to put on a good performance, but you know an athlete must be in a good state of mind for that to happen. I’m doing really well now. My family is close to me again. Now you’ll get to know the real Polyana Viana.” she said during a chat with Combate.
Famed for once putting a beatdown on a criminal in Brazil who tried to rob her at gunpoint – Viana says that she is confident the current version of herself has what it takes to contend with the best fighters at strawweight. However, the Brazilian says her main priority isn’t to climb up the rankings but to make as much money as she can for her family.
“I do think I’m ready (to face the best in the division). However, at the moment, it’s not what I’m targeting. At the moment, I want to make money to help my family, I don’t want to go up to go down again later. For now, I just want to make money. I don’t intend to fight for the title immediately.” said Viana.
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