Renan Ferreira and Larissa Pacheco put on impressive displays en route to the PFL Championships.
On Friday evening at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ferreira took on Maurice Greene in PFL 8’s main event, showing himself to be “Problema” indeed for Greene by finishing him with an explosive right hand and a finishing blow just 14 seconds before the first round’s conclusion.
With this victory, Ferreira’s record advances to 5-1, 2 No-Contests in the PFL Smartcage, locking in his place in the 2023 Championships, set to be held later this year at an unannounced date and location.
The night’s excitement was not limited to Ferreira, as in the co-main event, the 2022 women’s lightweight champion Larissa Pacheco destroyed Olena Kolesnyk with punches merely 14 seconds into the first round. This secures Pacheco’s place in the women’s featherweight final later this year.
Pacheco, who already had two first-round victories over Kolesnyk, kept her promise of winning in under a minute, even breaking her record for the fastest finish by a woman in the PFL. She holds a record of 11-2 in the PFL, with eight first-round finishes. Should she win the featherweight final, she will become PFL’s inaugural two-division champion.
In the night’s first heavyweight battle, Denis Goltsov swiftly defeated Jordan Heiderman, trapping him with a first-round arm-triangle choke to guarantee his place in the 2023 heavyweight finals. Although Goltsov qualified for the heavyweight playoffs three times prior, this marks his first entrance into the finals, where he will compete against Renan Ferreira.
In the evening’s first women’s featherweight semifinal, Marina Mokhnatkina beat Amber Leibrock through submission, securing an armbar just 1:45 into the first round. This is the quickest submission win by a woman in PFL’s history. With a record of 5-1 in the PFL Smartcage, Mokhnatkina’s only loss was to Kayla Harrison the previous year. She is set to challenge Larissa Pacheco in the women’s featherweight final at the PFL Championships.
In the first bout of the main card, Nathan Kelly demonstrated his striking superiority, achieving a unanimous decision victory over Damion Nelson. This triumph, Kelly’s third under the PFL banner, might place him in contention for the 2024 featherweight tournament.
Below are the complete results from PFL 8:
- Renan Ferreira def. Maurice Greene via KO (punches) — 4:46, Round 1.
- Larissa Pacheco def. Olena Kolesnyk via TKO (punches) — 0:14, Round 1.
- Denis Goltsov def. Jordan Heiderman via submission (arm-triangle choke) — 4:16, Round 1.
- Marina Mokhnatkina def. Amber Leibrock via submission (armbar) — 1:45, Round 1.
- Nathan Kelly def. Damion Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
- Danilo Marques def. Satoshi Ishii via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
- Maira Mazar def. Kaytlin Neil via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword: PFL 8 results
Who won the main event of PFL 8?
Renan Ferreira won the main event of PFL 8, defeating Maurice Greene with a knockout punch 14 seconds before the end of the first round.
Where and when did PFL 8 take place?
PFL 8 took place on Friday night at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Who secured their spots in the women’s featherweight final at the PFL Championships?
Larissa Pacheco and Marina Mokhnatkina secured their spots in the women’s featherweight finals at the PFL Championships.
What significant record was broken by Larissa Pacheco during PFL 8?
Larissa Pacheco broke her own record for the fastest finish by a woman in the PFL by defeating Olena Kolesnyk just 14 seconds into the first round.
Who will face Renan Ferreira in the 2023 heavyweight finals?
Denis Goltsov will face Renan Ferreira in the 2023 heavyweight finals.
What was the quickest submission win by a woman in PFL’s history?
Marina Mokhnatkina’s armbar submission victory over Amber Leibrock just 1:45 into the first round was the quickest submission win by a woman in PFL’s history.