While Pacheco seized a shocking unanimous decision win over Harrison – a woman she’d lost to twice prior – in the PFL finals to claim the lightweight title last weekend, Ladd was quick to note that neither fighter had faced competition close to what she had encountered in the UFC.
“I think Larissa has progressed incredibly,” Ladd said following her split decision win over former Bellator champion Julia Budd. “She’s done very well with her striking,” she continued, but that’s where the praise ended.
“I think Kayla has been the queen for a long time. But if you look at either one of their resumes, it’s absolutely nothing compared to the people that I have fought and have come in fighting. So, you have different levels of experience with different levels of opponents.”
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On this day in MMA…
On the 28th of November, 2015, Benson Henderson made his final appearance under the UFC banner when he headlined UFC Fight Night 79 opposite Jorge Masvidal in Seoul, South Korea. The Fight Night card was also the first UFC event to be held in the region.
Masvidal had stepped up to replace the injured Thiago Alves on just over a week’s notice, securing the future star’s first-ever main event spot under the promotion, though Henderson would ultimately get the shine.
After a back and forth 25-minutes that saw each fighter have their moments, Henderson eeked out a split decision win on two of the judges’ scorecards. It was the last fight on “Smooth’s” contract, and with a win, he’d decided it was time to test free agency.
Henderson would sign with Bellator and go on to contend for the Bellator Lightweight Championship in just his third fight under the new banner, though he’d lose a split decision to Michael Chandler on that occasion. The former UFC star most recently defeated Peter Queally at Bellator 285; and at 39, looks poised to once again challenge for the 155-pound strap again soon.