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Para, Brazil’s Larissa Pacheco is 2022 PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion, wins $1 million

Larissa Pacheco, 28, of Belem, Para, Brazil is the women’s lightweight champion of the Professional Fighters League in the 2022 season. She now holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 19 wins and 4 losses.

Featuring 11 professional MMA bouts and one amateur MMA bout, “PFL 10: 2022 Championships” was held at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States on November 15, 2022. In the main event of the evening, Pacheco and Kayla Harrison, 32, of Middletown, Ohio, USA competed for the 2022 PFL Women’s Lightweight Championship title.

Larissa Pacheco (©Cooper Neill / PFL)
Larissa Pacheco (©Cooper Neill / PFL)
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Keith Peterson served as the referee. After five five-minute rounds, he raised the hand of Pacheco, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the title bout 48-47 in favor of Pacheco. As the 2022 PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion, the Brazilian MMA fighter received $1 million and made history as the first fighter to defeat Harrison in a professional MMA fight.

Pacheco now has 15 wins and 1 loss. Before losing to Pacheco, the MMA fighter from Middletown had 14 wins in the PFL.

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Including Brazil and the U.S., a total of 10 countries were represented at “PFL 10: 2022 Championships”. The others are Australia, Canada, Croatia, England, Russia, Scotland, Senegal and Sweden.

“Tonight was a historic night for the PFL, our fighters and MMA fans around the world,” PFL chief executive officer Peter Murray said. “The 2022 PFL World Championship, live from Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, delivered thrilling action, six world title fights and six $1 million dollar checks on MMA’s richest night.”

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Born in Belem, Pacheco made her professional MMA debut in 2012. She competed in two Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts in 2014 and in 2015 and made her PFL debut in 2019.

Before becoming the 2022 PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion, Pacheco lost to Harrison in the PFL on May 9, 2019 and on December 31, 2019. Watch the Belem native celebrating her recent win here:

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