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Pacheco shocked the MMA world by defeating Harrison

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Larissa Pacheco has sent shockwaves through the MMA World. She defeated Kayla Harrison in the Women’s Lightweight bout at the Professional Fighters League finale on Black Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pacheco took home the $1 million dollar prize for the win. She won via a unanimous decision.

PFL fighter Larissa Pacheco celebrates after defeating Kayla Harrison in the main event of the 2022 PFL Championships
Larissa Pacheco celebrates after defeating Kayla Harrison in the main event of the 2022 PFL Championships (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

All three judges saw the fight 48-47.

“I already knew it was going to be an upset,” Pacheco told reporters through an interpreter at the post-fight news conference (via MMA Sucka). “I came here ready to screw with everyone’s bets and put on one hell of a fight.”

The 28-year-old Brazilian conquered Harrison for the first time. She was previously 0-2.

This was the second time that Pacheco and Harrison fought each other in the season finale. On New Year’s Eve 2019, also at MSG, Harrison defeated Pacheco by a unanimous decision for the PFL Women’s Lightweight Championship.

Pacheco has improved to 19-4 in her MMA career. She has won her last six MMA bouts.

However, this was her first unanimous decision win since PFL 7 on October 11th, 2019 when she defeated Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

She only has two decision wins in her career. Pacheco has nine knockout wins and eight wins by submission.

The 32-year-old Harrison suffered her first defeat in her MMA career. She is now 15-1.

Harrison has only gone the distance twice in her career. Both were with Pacheco.

The former Olympic gold medalist was dominant in her previous fights, winning them both in the first round. This year, she had a fight with Marina Mokhnatkina that went into the third round.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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