Niagara Falls native Gillian Robertson UFC fight preview

Written By Erik Buchinger on October 17, 2020

Canadian Gillian Robertson will head into her UFC fight on Saturday, Oct. 17 when she matches up with Poliana Botelho of Brazil as part of UFC Fight Island 6. The bout will take place at 5:15 p.m. ET and will be held at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Robertson, whose nickname is The Savage, will enter the octagon as the favorite, coming in with an 8-4 overall record in MMA including 5-2 competing in the UFC, while Botelho boasts an 8-2 record in MMA competition with a 3-1 mark against UFC competitors. Both fighters will enter at 125 pounds, and Botelho has the height advantage at 5-foot-8, while Robertson stands at 5-foot-5.

Robertson won three of her last four fights with victories over Courtney Casey, Sarah Frota and Veronica Macedo and a loss to Maycee Barber.

Botelho hasn’t competed since April 2020, a unanimous decision victory over Lauren Mueller. Botelho won six of her last seven fights including victories against Mueller, Syuri Kondo, Pearl Gonzales, Silvana Gomez Juarez, Antonia Silvaneide da Silva and Karina Rodriguez. The loss during that stretch occurred against Cynthia Calvillo. She moved up to flyweight for her previous fight.

Get to know Gillian Robertson

Robertson, a 25-year-old from Niagara Falls in Ontario, recently broke a record shared by Ronda Rousey for most submission wins in female UFC history. In her most recent match, she earned a submission victory over Casey on June 20 to pass Rousey and Rose Namajunas for her fourth submission win. Robertson has six career submissions total.

According to an article on UFC’s official website, Robertson is motivated to break the all-time record for submissions among all genders, which is set at 14 by Charles Oliveira.

“I’m not content with it,” Robertson said. “I’m trying to break records for guys and girls, and I’m nowhere near Charles Oliveira right now, so I have a long way to go.”

Valentina Shevchenko is the current champion of the flyweight division, and Robertson and Botelho are looking to increase their spots in the division. Robertson is currently ranked No. 15 in the 125-pound weight class.

“I’m here to keep on finishing,” Robertson said in the article. “I’m here to break records, so I’m just moving up. I believe to be the world champion, you have to be able to beat every single girl. If they put someone up against me, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t know about that matchup,’ then I shouldn’t be going against the champ. I shouldn’t be moving up farther. I gotta fight every single girl on the way up.”

Now that we have a good sense for the history of these two fighters, let’s dive into the betting odds. Here’s a look at the fight odds according to a popular United States sportsbook.


  • Gillian Robertson -215
  • Poliana Botelho +169

Winning methods

  • Gillian Robertson by submission +100
  • Poliana Botelho by decision +330
  • Gillian Robertson by decision +450
  • Poliana Botelho by KO, TKO or DQ +800
  • Gillian Robets by KO, TKO or DQ +1000
  • Poliana Botelho by submission +1000
  • Tie +6600

Win by any knockout, submission of DQ

  • Poliana Botelho: Yes (+450), No (-835)
  • Gillian Robertson: Yes (-118), No (-115)

Win by decision

  • Poliana Botelho: Yes (+330), No (-560)
  • Gillian Robertson: Yes (+450), No (-835)

Winning round

  • Gillian Robertson – Round 1 (+180)
  • Poliana Botelho by decision (+330)
  • Gillian Robertson by decision (+450)
  • Gillian Robertson – Round 2 (+500)
  • Gillian Robertson – Round 3 (+900)
  • Poliana Botelho – Round 1 (+900)
  • Poliana Botelho – Round 2 (+1200)
  • Poliana Botelho – Round 3 (+2000
  • Tie (+6600)

According to bettors on DraftKings, Robertson is receiving 56% of the moneyline bets placed leading into Saturday’s fight with Botelho getting 44% of the bets on her side.

The main event will be between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung in the featherweight division. No tickets are available to purchase as the event will take place without spectators.

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