The first high-profile card of the PFL's calendar year delivered, as we saw a main card filled with some of the best the promotion has to offer. The PFL is back at it again this weekend, featuring the women's Featherweights and Heavyweights on this card.
Let's take a look at this four-fight card as it shows on Verdict.
Larissa Pacheco is back, after shocking the world and defeating Kayla Harrison in November of last year. Pacheco was previously 0-2 against the Olympian but fought a fantastic performance to steal the PFL Lightweight title away from Harrison. This upcoming season, Pacheco will be competing one weight class lower, at Featherweight, and she will go up against former Bellator fighter Julia Budd. Budd is one of the best Featherweights on the roster and has fought the likes of Cris Cyborg and Aspen Ladd. This should be a highly competitive fight between two of the best female fighters in the sport.
The co-main event will feature two staples in the PFL's Heavyweight division, meeting for a second time. Bruno Cappelozza and Matheus Scheffel fought last June, with Scheffel getting the Unanimous Decision. After defeating Cappelozza, Scheffel went on to fight two more times in 2022, with his season ending in the final against Ante Delija. This fight is fireworks, between two elite Heavyweights on the PFL roster.
Another fight in the PFL Heavyweight division will feature experienced PFL veteran Denis Goltsov, and former UFC fighter Yorgan De Castro. These two pack a massive punch, and it's expected that the judges will not be needed in this one. Both fighters have a combined nineteen wins by knockout. Someone is going to sleep.
The main card opener will feature another PFL staple in Renan Ferreira and Rizvan Kuniev, who is a Dana White's Contender Series alum, and will be making his PFL debut. Ferreira is a massive fighter, standing at 6’8, and packs a serious punch. Seven of his nine professional wins have come by knockout. On the other hand, Kuniev has shown he can get the win done on both ends, as he possesses a great ground game, along with some power in his hands.
It's a lot of fun to watch a Heavyweight fight. If you're looking to watch some knockouts, paired with a highly competitive main event between a PFL champion and an experienced Bellator alumni, then this is the card for you.