PFL 8 Preview: Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 18)

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  • Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk is a fight for a place in the 2023 PFL Women’s Featherweight Final.
  • Pacheco has already defeated Kolesnyk twice, each time by a finish in round 1.

Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk will serve as the co-main event of 2023 PFL 8. This is a PFL Women’s Featherweight semi-final bout, the winner of which will get to compete for the $1M prize later on. So, who will it be?

How to Watch

  • When: Friday, August 18, 2023, at 10:00 p.m ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
  • How to Watch: ESPN/ESPN+


Larissa Pacheco
Olena Kolesnyk

Larissa Pacheco (21-4) is the reigning PFL Lightweight champ whose goal for 2023 is to win the Women’s Featherweight title. She’s one of the best female mixed martial artists in the PFL, the evidence being that since losing to Kayla Harrison by decision in the 2019 Final, she’s got all wins.

She’s 8-0 since the New Year’s Eve of 2019, and two of those wins happened against Olena Kolesnyk (9-5) whom she’s fighting on Friday, August 18. When they met the first time, Pacheco won by a first-round knockout. In their second fight, Pacheco won by a TKO, once again in round 1.

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Are we going to see something similar happen in Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk 3? It sure seems like it. It’s because Pacheco has been brilliant in 2023, beating Julia Budd by unanimous decision and Amber Leibrock by TKO. Kolesnyk also has two wins in 2023, but they weren’t as impressive as those recorded by Pacheco. She defeated Aspen Ladd by a majority decision and Yoko Higashi by unanimous decision.

Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk Prediction

Larissa Pacheco is arguably the best female fighter in the PFL, so beating Olena Kolesnyk once again shouldn’t be much of a problem. She’s much better technically and has more power than her opponent, although we’re not 100% certain she’s going to finish Kolesnyk this time. But we are confident she’s going to book the ticket to the PFL Final.

Free Pick:

Annie Adkins
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