Larissa Pacheco served up a million-dollar stunner Friday night time at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, taking a unanimous determination over two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison for the 2022 ladies’s light-weight title.
After popping out on the incorrect finish of two earlier fights with Harrison in 2019 — together with that season’s championship — Pacheco discovered a method to carry her fearsome punching energy deep into the five-round championship trilogy battle, carrying her to the $1 million prize all division winners claimed on the PFL World Championship occasion.
Pacheco, whose solely losses past Harrison got here early in her career within the UFC in opposition to future champions Jessica Andrade and Germaine de Randamie, was at the very least a +500 underdog coming into the battle in opposition to beforehand unbeaten Harrison, the star of the group and headlining fighter for PFL’s first foray into pay-per-view.
PFL additionally topped 5 males’s champions throughout the occasion.
Brendan Loughnane chewed up Bubba Jenkins’ lead leg with kicks earlier than placing him away with heavy arms at 2:38 of the fourth-round by way of TKO. The run to the featherweight crown accomplished an underdog story for England’s Loughnane, who three years in the past was infamously not given a UFC contract on “Dana White’s Contender Series” as a result of he shot for a takedown late in his victory on the present. Including Friday’s victory, he’s gone 8-1 since then after PFL scooped him up.
Heavyweight Ante Delija took benefit of his second straight berth within the PFL finals with a first-round TKO of Matheus Scheffel on the 2:50 mark. Delija lost by way of determination to Bruno Cappelozza, who was pressured out of those playoffs due to damage, final year.
In a battle of longtime UFC lightweights, Olivier Aubin-Mercier knocked out former teammate Stevie Ray at 4:40 of spherical two. In 2019, Aubin-Mercier was let go after three straight determination victories in opposition to the likes of present UFC contenders Arman Tsarukyan and Gilbert Burns. He’s now 6-0 with PFL and recorded his first end with the group.
A snoozer of a welterweight closing went the best way of Sadibou Sy, who took a unanimous determination in opposition to Dilano Taylor.
That got here on the heels of an exciting, bloody victory for Rob Wilkinson within the mild heavyweight division. He pounded Omari Akhmedov for 2 rounds earlier than the cageside physician waived it off earlier than the beginning of the third.