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PFL Playoffs 2 2023 Results – Ferreira and Pacheco dominate in 1st round

The PFL Playoffs 2 2023 results have edged fans to just one more playoff card before the November 24th championship arrives. The fights aired live on ESPN+ from The Theater at MGM in New York, NY on Friday August 18, 2023.

Main Event

The main event featured heavyweight finalists Renan Ferreira vs Maurice Greene. The winner would be set to face the #1 pick and early winner in the night, Denis Goltsov.

Ferreira gave no room for Greene to show offense. In the first minute of the fight Ferreira was obviously the aggressor pelting Greene with leg kicks and throwing punches with ill intent. Greene looked like he felt the power of Ferreira and wanted none of it.

Greene eating overwhelming shots from Ferreira at PFL Playoffs 2 2023.
Greene getting demolished at PFL 2 playoffs 2023. Courtesy of PFL and ESPN+

Greene nearly made it out of the first round until a big right hand sat him down and followed up with hammer fists to the already unconscious Greene.

Ferreira went on to win by first round KO and sets himself for a fight against an early winner of the night, and number one seed Denis Goltsov.

PFL playoff bracket for men's heavyweights.
courtesy of ESPN+ and PFL

Co-main Event

The co-main event featured last years winner Larissa Pacheco against finalist Olena Kolesnyk in the women’s featherweight semifinal bout.

PFL Playoffs 2 2023 co-main event punch that setup Pacheco's win
Pacheco’s right hand that started the end. courtesy of ESPN+ and PFL

There’s not much to write about this one. Larissa started with a leg kick then threw out an overhand right that had Kolesnyk covering and Pacheco was on top of her until the referee stopped the fight in just 12 seconds of the first round.

The fight goes on to secure the #1 pick Larissa Pacheco to take on the #2 pick Marina Mokhnatkina for the final and $1million payday.

Upcoming PFL playoff finals for women's featherweights
courtesy of the PFL and ESPN+


  • Renan Ferreira (11-3-0, 3NC) vs Maurice Greene (11-9-0) – heavyweight semifinal – Ferreira by 1st round KO
  • Larissa Pacheco (22-4-0) vs Olena Kolesnyk (9-6-0, 1NC) – women’s featherweight semifinal – Pacheco by 1st round TKO
  • Denis Goltsov (32-7-0) vs Jordan Heiderman (7-1-0) – heavyweight semifinal – Goltsov by 1st round submission
  • Marina Mokhnatkina (11-3-0) vs Amber Leibrock (7-6-0) – women’s featherweight semifinal – Mokhnatkina by 1st round submission

Prelims (aired on ESPN+)

  • Nathan Kelly (8-2-0) vs Damion Nelson (4-4-0) – featherweight bout – Kelly by unanimous decision
  • Danilo Marques (15-5-0) vs Satoshi Ishii (26-14-1) – heavyweight bout – Marques by decision
  • Kaytlin Neil (7-5-0) vs Maira Mazar (9-6-0) – women’s flyweight bout – Mazar by decision

That’s a wrap for the PFL Playoffs 2 2023 results. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more of our PFL MMA action (and we certainly hope you do), follow the link. Check back with us after the next set of fight take place for the PFL on Wednesday August, 2023 when the welterweights and lightweights take the stage at MSG in New York.

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