5 Things You Might Not Know About Larissa Pacheco

Pacheco finds herself in the driver’s seat as the
Professional Fighters League moves along with the second phase
of its 2022 season.

The 27-year-old Brazilian sits atop the women’s lightweight
standings ahead of her clash with Genah
Fabian on the
PFL 6 undercard this Friday at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta.
Pacheco has rattled off three consecutive victories, all of them
finishes, since she dropped a five-round unanimous decision to
unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla
Harrison on New Year’s Eve in 2019. She last competed on May 6,
when she buried Zamzagul
Fayzallanova with punches a mere 85 seconds into their PFL 3

As Pacheco focuses her attention on the forthcoming clash with
Fabian at 155 pounds, here are five things you might not know about

1. She hit her stride right out of the gate.

Pacheco made her professional debut at the age of 17 when she
needed just 90 seconds to submit Raquel
Pitbull with an armbar at a Marituba Fight event on March 15,
2012. She went on to post a 10-0 record as a teenager, earning her
stripes as one of the top prospects in her native Brazil.

2. Regional achievements did not elude her.

The Belem, Brazil, native has captured titles in the Jungle Fight
and Watch Out Combat Show organizations. Pacheco laid claim to the
vacant Jungle
Fight women’s bantamweight crown with a third-round technical
knockout of Irene
Aldana at Jungle Fight 63 in December 2013 and struck gold with
the Watch Out Combat Show women’s featherweight crown when she
submitted Karol Rosa
with a second-round guillotine choke at WOCS 49 in March 2018.

3. Matchmakers did her no favors at the highest level.

Pacheco signed with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship as a short-notice replacement
for Valerie
Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 51, where she tapped to a
first-round guillotine choke from Jessica
Andrade on Sept. 13, 2014. She faced Germaine
de Randamie at UFC 185 six months later and succumbed to
second-round punches from the Dutch muay Thai stylist. Pacheco
suffered a broken arm in the loss to de Randamie, underwent two
surgeries and did not compete again for more than three years. The
setback and its lingering aftereffects resulted in her being

4. Her reality check did not go well.

The UFC veteran was cast on Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in
2018. Pacheco was eliminated by eventual tournament winner Macy
Chiasson in the quarterfinals and signed with the Professional
Fighters League soon after.

5. Quick-strike offense has been a calling card.

Pacheco has 10 first-round finishes to her credited, two of the
sub-minute variety. She put away Dinha
Wollstaein with punches in 36 seconds at Jungle Fight 59 on
Oct. 12, 2013 and punched out Julija
Pajic in 51 seconds at PFL 3 on May 6, 2021.

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