Larissa Pacheco Showcases Composure In Unanimous Decision Win Against Julia Budd – PFL 2: 2023 Season Results (Highlights)

Larissa Pacheco emerged victorious by unanimous decision against Julia Budd to secure three points in the 2023 PFL season.

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Larissa Pacheco fighting Julia Budd (Left) and Pacheco getting her hand raised (Right)(Images via Twitter @PFLMMA)

After pulling off the upset of the year against Kayla Harrison, Larissa Pacheco returned to the PFL for the first time since winning the $1 million championship last year. Pacheco was matched up against former Bellator champion Julia Budd

PFL  2023 Regular Season: Larissa Pacheco vs. Julia Budd

Round 1

Pacheco comes out looking to land a couple of overhand rights. Pacheco is moving forward, and Budd is trying to keep distance with some counters. Pacheco is starting to find her distance and slowly let her hands go. Budd is circling around the cage, but Pacheco is trapping her and landing more. Pacheco is taking her time and picking her shots effectively. Pacheco’s 1-2 combination has been effective early on. Pacheco falls back, and Budd lands a takedown. Pacheco closed her guard and looks to set up a triangle, which is avoided by a slam from Budd. They are in a stall at the moment, but Budd is trying to separate and land ground and pound. Pacheco tried to transition to an armbar, but Budd was aware of the attempt and maintained a safe top position. Pacheco was close to locking in a triangle choke before the round ended. 

Round 2

Pacheco is moving forward and throwing one shot at a time. Budd lands a clean right hand and Pacheco closes the distance by initiating a clinch against the cage. Budd switched positions while trying to land knees in the clinch. Budd pushes off, and Pacheco looks to continue landing 1-2 combinations. Pacheco’s punches are starting to look more labored. Pacheco unloads a flurry of punches. Pacheco is starting to let her hands go, which is giving Budd trouble. Budd is firing counter shots off against the cage, which is slowing down Pacheco’s momentum. Budd shot for a takedown, and a wild scramble leads to Pacheco being on top with one minute left. Budd looks to reverse the position but gets denied. Budd is landing more punches off her back, and Pacheco is focused on securing the position. Pacheco ends the round on top. 

Round 3

Pacheco continues moving forward, smothering Budd’s punches with pressure. Budd lands cleanly off her backfoot, and Pacheco returns the favor in a close exchange. Pacheco closes the distance and locks up a clinch against the cage. Pacheco tries to take Budd down, but she’s denied. Pacheco is close to securing back control, leading to Budd going down to the ground. Pacheco is on Budd’s back with one hook locked in. Budd looks to reverse position before Pacheco regains composure. Budd might sneak out the back but Pacheco has her arm. Budd escapes and ends up on top. Pacheco is staying active off her back, preventing Budd from securing control. Pacheco denies Budd from back control and finds herself on top. Budd is trying to stay active off her back, and Pacheco is looking to maintain the position with one minute left. The fight ends with Pacheco on top and landing vicious body punches. 

Official Result: Larissa Pacheco defeats Julia Budd by unanimous decision (30-27 x2 and 29-28)

Check out the highlights below:

Published on April 8, 2023 at 12:19 am
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