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PFL 7: 2023 Playoffs Betting Preview: Larissa Pacheco vs. Olena Kolesnyk

August 18, 2023

PFL 8 presents a plethora of betting options for the upcoming fight night. Among them, the co-main event stands out as it features an intriguing women's featherweight semifinal clash between Larissa Pacheco and Olena Kolesnyk, offering an enticing betting opportunity.

  • Date: August 18, 2023

  • Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

  • Main Card: ESPN/ESPN+ at 9:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: ESPN+ at 6:30 PM ET

Larissa Pacheco Betting Preview

Pacheco is working on prolonging her eight-fight winning streak that she has built since 2019. Her most recent success was a first round TKO against Amber Leibrock back in June earlier this year.

Her fighting resume shows that she has 21 wins that consist of 10 knockouts, eight submissions, and three decisions. 13 of her 21 wins have resulted in a first round finish and two of her four losses have come by decision.

She has made a great career in the PFL, going 10-2 under the promotion. She had a brief run in the UFC, but failed in both of her battles during that time.

Pacheco has battled against good competitors and will likely continue to prevail in matchups like these. She is also ranked as the fifth best women’s featherweight fighter in the world. 

Olena Kolesnyk Betting Preview

Kolesnyk has won her last two fights and is looking to put that positive momentum to good use. Her most recent victory was a unanimous decision against Yoko Higashi back in June of this year.

Her fighting resume shows that she has nine wins that consist of four knockouts, one submission, and four decisions. Four of her nine victories have resulted in a first round finish and out of five losses, she has two each by knockout and submission.

“Cannon” has gone 4-3 in the PFL, with two of the losses coming against Pacheco. She has faced quality fighters through most of her career, but has not been that impressive.

Kolesnyk is currently ranked as the 19th best female featherweight fighter in the world. She has a tremendous opportunity to knock off a great fighter and move up within the rankings.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is showing that Larissa Pacheco is an overwhelming favorite to win this battle. Utilizing a parlay might enhance the attractiveness of this bet, especially if you are contemplating a wager on Pacheco, along with the other matches scheduled for the evening.

  • Olena Kolesnyk : +800

  • Larissa Pacheco: -1200

  • *odds are subject to changes

The last two times these two have met, it has resulted in a first round knockout defeat for Kolesnyk. Can Pacheco make it three in a row? Most likely, this will end in her favor once again. 

Final Pick: Take Larissa Pacheco to Win at -1200