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2019 PFL Championship Finals: Harrison decisions Pacheco to collect $1 million and lightweight belt

Heavy favourite Kayla Harrison (7-0-0) defeated Larissa Pacheco (13-4-0) in the 2019 PFL Championship women’s lightweight final in New York Tuesday night to become the inaugural division champion.

With former boxing champion Mike Tyson and UFC champions Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo watching ringside, Harrison used her takedowns and control to dominate the match, but it was punctuated by a good knee in the third round and a ten-finger choke attempt in the fifth round by Pacheo.


The judges scored it 50-43, 50-45, and 50-45.

In addition to winning the title, Harrison also collected USD $1 million.

Recently signed welterweight Rory MacDonald and former WWE superstar Mick Foley were cageside.

“These fighters left it all out in the cage tonight in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd,” PFL head of fighter operations Ray Sefo said in a press release. “We started with 68 fighters, and ended with six champions who earned this moment by winning in the cage. It was a truly historic and memorable night for our champions and fights fans around the world.”

In other bouts:

Welterweight Final: #6 Ray Cooper III def. #4 David Michaud via RKO (punches) R2 2:56 (Cooper III wins $1 million USD)


Lightweight Final: #1 Natan Schulte def. #7 Loik Radzhabov via UD (49-44, 49-46, 48-47)

Heavyweight Final: #5 Ali Isaev def. #7 Jared Rosholt via TKO (strikes) R4 4:09 (Isaev wins $1 million USD)

Featherweight Final: Lance Palmer def. Alex Gilpin via UD (50-43, 50-44, 50-44) (Palmer wins $1 million USD)

Light Heavyweight Final: Emiliano Sordi def. Jordan Johnson via TKO (strikes) R1 2:01 (Sordi wins $1 million USD)


Brendan Loughnane def.  David Alex Valente via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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