In her fifth fight of the year, Larissa Moreira Pacheco took the next big step in her career when she faced Irene Aldana for the inaugural Jungle Fights Women’s Bantamweight championship, at Jungle Fights 63, Dec. 21.
Pacheco stopped Aldana early in the third round to capture the title. This marked Pacheco’s second-straght TKO victory. In all nine of her fights, the Marituba, Para-native has four TKOs and five submissions.
If Pacheco continues to tear through competitors, we could see her appear in Invicta Fighting Championships or even the UFC as both organizations have scouted top talent from Brazil.
Although she may not be as experienced as most of the women’s bantamweight stars in either organization, she certainly has the striking and submission skills to stand in the same cage with the best women’s 135-pound fighters. I personally would love to see Pacheco scrap with someone like Amanda Nunes or Jessica Eye.
On the other hand, World Series of Fighting is in the process of establishing their own women’s bantamweight division and Pacheco could be a candidate to fight Ashlee Evans-Smith for their inaugural female 135-pound title.
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