In her first PFL look of 2023, 2022 light-weight champion Larissa Pacheco added one other champion to her win record by defeating ex-Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd by 30-27, 29-28 and surpassed 30-27.
The PFL 2 headliner was contested on the featherweight division, the place Pacheco completed third in common season factors standings behind Marina Mokhnatkina and Amber Leibrock, who equaled earlier placements on the preliminary card of Friday’s present at The Theater at Virgin Inns in Las Vegas .
Budd did her greatest within the second and third rounds, tagging Pacheco with a proper hand early within the second and parrying the Brazilian’s punches late within the combat. The ex-champ hoped to attain factors with takedowns. As an alternative, Pacheco switched positions on a number of events, most notably within the remaining moments of the combat the place a flurry of floor and kilos impressed the judges.
Pacheco’s smaller stature didn’t do her any favors in deep water. Regardless of this, she was the superior grappler and threatened submissions within the first and third rounds by approaching with an armbar after escaping Budd’s again examine. It was her first win since an enormous upset by two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison that made her the girl to look at in 2023.
Budd is now 1-3 within the PFL, the place she signaled the top of her time on the prime of that division after a title loss to featherweight queen Cris Cyborg.
Cappelozza avenges Scheffel’s defeat
Matheus Scheffel spoiled Bruno Cappelozza’s efficiency in Season 4, so Cappelozza retaliated in Season 5.
Season 3 heavyweight match winner Cappelozza strengthened Scheffel with a proper hand earlier than ending the job after simply 2:15 of the primary spherical. The win earned him six factors and the lead within the heavyweight division and put him again on the precise foot after a unanimous determination loss to Scheffel, who arrange Friday’s rematch.
Scheffel was promising early on with Cappelozza. However in contrast to his earlier outing, he couldn’t keep out of hazard to win on factors, and Cappelozza made an announcement about his probabilities within the Season 5 match.
Kolesnyk teases Ladd
It took Aspen Ladd two and a half rounds to guide her combat, and by that time Olena Kolesnyk was already two scorecards forward.
A rally halfway by the third left the impression that Ladd had righted the ship after two rounds of takedown denials. A choose even scored a tie over 28-28 within the 15 minute enf. Nevertheless, the opposite two gave Kolesnyk the 29-28 determination for a majority name to ship Ladd again to the drafting board after her debut win over ex-Bellator Champion Julia Budd.
Sporting a freshly shaved head after barely lacking weight, Kolesnyk was uninformative in her early work towards Ladd. However she was usually simpler on her toes, the place a lot of the motion was, other than a pleasant whizzer and hip toss that introduced Ladd to the mat within the second. Along with her lacking weight, she completed fourth on the featherweight division with two factors within the common season.
Walsh beats Figueroa
Biaggio Ali Walsh has a proper hand and likes to make use of it.
Muhammad Ali’s grandson claimed his third win as an novice by stopping Isaiah Figueroa’s takedown and hitting him with a proper hand. Two large pictures clearly injured Figueroa and a 3rd prompted referee Mark Smith to avoid wasting the promoted from additional punishment.
After that, Walsh admitted his nerves when he opened the primary map. However the PFL’s growth plan for him goes in keeping with plan for now.
PFL 2 outcomes:
Larissa Pacheco defeated. Julia Budd by unanimous determination (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Bruno Cappelozza defeated. Matheus Scheffel by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 1, 2:15
Olena Kolesnyk defeated. Aspen Ladd by majority vote (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Biaggio defeated Ali Walsh. Isaiah Figueroa by way of TKO (Punch) – Spherical 1, 1:42
Rizvan Kuniev defeated. Renan Ferreira by unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Defeated Maurice Greene. Marcelo Nunes by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 2, 1:20
Danilo Marques v Yorgan De Castro by unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Defeated Amber Leibrock. Martina Jindrova by way of KO (headbutt) – Spherical 1, 2:19
Defeated Evelyn Martins. Karolina Sobek by unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marina Mokhnatkina defeated. Yoko Higashi by way of TKO (floor and pound) – Spherical 2, 1:29