Luana Carolina

Dread

Brazil

Slowly finds range in victory
FlyweightUFC
October 16, 2021
Carolina defeated Lupita Godinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Carolina found herself as a +180 underdog despite the fact she was going up against an opponent who was fighting for the second time in a seven-day span. It didn't start well for the Brazilian. Godinez was the more effective fighter in Round 1, sporting a 23-14 edge in total strikes landed (unofficially). Yet, Carolina was able to hang in there and eventually pick up the pace as Godinez tired. She ended up pulling away on the scorecards over the final two rounds, out-landing Godinez 72-22, while also stuffing 10-of-11 takedown attempts. Carolina was viewed as little more than roster depth upon her arrival in the company in May 2019, but she has since gone on to win three of her first four UFC bouts.
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Gets another replacement opponent
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October 12, 2021
Carolina will now be fighting Lupita Godinez at UFC Vegas 40 this Saturday after Sijara Eubanks was forced to withdraw due to COVID Protocol, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Carolina is receiving a third different opponent for this fight after her first two opponents were forced to withdraw. The 28-year-old should be considered quite the heavy favorite over Godinez. Her opponent will be going up a weight class and it will be her second bout over the last seven days after she defeated Silvana Gomez Juarez via submission (armbar) at last Saturday's UFC event.
Gets new opponent
FlyweightUFC
September 28, 2021
Carolina will now take on Sijara Eubanks in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 16, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Maryna Moroz was forced to withdraw from the original booking for and undisclosed reason. The UFC was able to get Eubanks, who is coming off a victory back in July to push he record to 7-6. Carolina earned a split decision victory over Poliana Botelho back in May.
Flyweight bout set for October
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Carolina will take on Maryna Moroz in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 16, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carolina is coming off a split decision victory over Poliana Botelho back in May. That pushed her career record to 7-2. She will take on a fighter in Moroz that has had her last couple booking scratched for various reasons. Moroz was last in the Octagon in March of 2020.
Comes through after missing weight
FlyweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Carolina defeated Poliana Botelho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's a huge victory for Carolina and was the right decision. Of course, the win has to be taken with a grain of salt since Carolina missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning. Carolina didn't do much of anything offensively throughout the course of the fight, but she did control Botelho from a positional standpoint in each of the final two rounds, and that was enough to earn the judges' call. A product of Dana White's Contender Series in Brazil, Carolina has now alternated wins and losses in her first three UFC bouts. It's difficult to see how Carolina will continue to succeed given the fact she has difficult generating any sort of offense. Her wins will have to be like this one: slow and grinding.
Fight still on
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April 30, 2021
Carolina still appears set to take on Botelho, per Dana White.
ANALYSIS
There didn't seem to be much doubt about this outcome but any questions can now be put to rest. Carolina remains a betting underdog of about +200 to earn the victory Saturday.