Sarah Kaufman was a favorite to win it all in the PFL women’s lightweight tournament, but Brazil’s Larissa Pacheco had other ideas Friday in Las Vegas.
Top seed Sarah Kaufman, a former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion, took on Larissa Pacheco in the women’s lightweight semifinals at PFL 7 2019 on Friday. The Las Vegas event, the first of three playoff shows, was a chance for Canada’s Kaufman to punch her ticket to the million dollar finals on New Year’s Eve.
Due to Roberta Samad missing weight at PFL 4 2019, Kaufman had only entered the PFL cage once during the regular season.
Pacheco opened up with a two-punch combo, and the Brazilian immediately began touching Kaufman up with a number of strikes. Kaufman would land a couple of blows of her own, but was eating more than she was landing. Pacheco’s 1-2 was finding success; she soon caught a Kaufman kick, dumping the Canadian on her back. Kaufman early swept, however. Pacheco re-established control on top, while Kaufman employed a butterfly guard, then worked back to the fence and wall-walked up. Only for Pacheco to take her right back down. Pacheco would move to side control, and soon enough began landing some heavy punches. She’d finish the ground on top, with several more bursts of ground n’ pound.
Suffice to say, Pacheco won the opening round. In the second, she landed early, and Kaufman appeared to have slowed a step. She was also cut above the ear. Pacheco landed a hard right hand. Kaufman would continue to walk forward, landing at times, including an overhand right of her own. But Pacheco’s counters were doing more damage, and Kaufman’s nose was opened up as well. That was a waterfall of blood, but Kaufman was still in the fight. However, Pacheco would land a takedown right at round’s end, and head to the third up by two.
Round three had Kaufman landing early with a right. Once again, she was leading the dance, moving forward. However, when she did land, it wasn’t doing much to hurt the Brazilian. Pacheco’s size advantage, and strength advantage, was clear as day as the fight progressed. Kaufman would land another right, and Pacheco opted to lock things up with a clinch, trying to take her opponent down. A trip finished the job, and Kaufman was in a bad spot, needing a finish with 90 seconds remaining, but on the ground. She’d work her way to Pacheco’s back, but slip off, eliminating any real threat.
Official Result: Larissa Pacheco def. Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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As quickly as Sarah Kaufman signed to combat in the Specialist Fighters League lightweight department, she knew the end objective was likely being established for her to face two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison in the finals.
The 29-year old highly decorated judoka is currently 5-0 in her career and she stays among the top prospects to ever enter the sport of mixed martial arts. The only problem Harrison has faced is discovering beneficial competitors since not a lot of leading women’s fighters compete at 155 pounds.
With a $1 million grand prize up for grabs for the season winner, Kaufman could not skip on that opportunity even if she was fighting well above her typical weight class of 135 pounds. Now she stands one win away from facing Harrison in December as the final 4 fighters prepare to square off at PFL 7 on Friday.
“It’s going to be an actually fun last 4,” Kaufman said when talking to MMA Battling. “I believe Kayla will probably enter early and try to put Genah [Fabian] on her back and obviously she’ll dominate there however Genah’s striking and her length could provide a lot of issues to Kayla.
“That’s an intriguing matchup there and with Larissa [Pacheco] and myself, it’s two former 135’ers now battling at 155 [pounds] It’s an excellent final 4. I think both fights are going to be fan friendly and it establishes an excellent last.”
(Editor’s note: Harrison will now be dealing with Bobbi-Jo Dalziel on Friday after Fabian was due to issues over her weight cut)
Prior to she gets to Harrison, Kaufman first has to get though Larissa Pacheco, who is a UFC veteran with a wealth of experience under her belt with battles versus names such as Irene Aldana, Germaine de Randamie and Jessica Andrade.
Pacheco actually was up to Harrison in her PFL debut earlier this year but still made her method to the playoff with a win in her last battle against Bobbi-Jo Dalziel.
While the 25-year old Brazilian could not get past Harrison in the very first fight of the season, Kaufman still takes a look at her as a really dangerous challenger, maybe a lot more than the fighter she’s anticipated to face in the finals.
“I think Larissa’s really the toughest in the division aside from me,” Kaufman said. “She’s absolutely had the experience, she remains calm and she remains concentrated and she definitely tries to find chances. She doesn’t waste her energy. She’s not somebody who is going to go away quickly and just break psychologically and quit.
“Absolutely in some ways [she’s tougher than Kayla Harrison] I understand it’s difficult due to the fact that Kayla beat her rather decisively but I believe stylistically, I believe Larissa brings more to the table and brings more measurements to the table than Kayla does.”
When it’s all said and done, Kaufman still expects to advance to the finals and she believes Harrison will do the very same, which will set up an extremely expected face-off for December.
“I believe it will be Kayla,” Kaufman said about her next opponent. “I think Genah has the ability to land some pretty solid strikes and rock Kayla but the longer the battle goes, the more it favors Kayla. The PFL will get what they want with Kayla and myself in the finals.”
Long term, Kaufman says she’s been nothing however delighted considering that joining the PFL lineup but her hope is to defeat Pacheco and Harrison, win the $1 million grand reward and then convince the promo it’s time to add her natural weight class.
“I’m really delighted with the PFL. They’ve treated me well. They have actually put us on an even playing field when it comes to our pay scale and just the total treatment that I’ve received is awesome. I believe the format has actually been incredibly exciting for me,” Kaufman stated.
“I would be happy to stay with the PFL however I want to see them do a department that’s lighter than 155 come next season. I win it, ideally I get the opportunity to voice my viewpoint and bring in my own division.”
Kaufman is the number-one ranked females’s lightweight fighter in the world. The bout in between Kaufman and Pacheco will serve as the semi-finals in the PFL women’s lightweight tournament in which the winner will receive $1 million dollars and end up being women’s light-weight champion of the world for 2019. PFL 2019 # 7 takes place this Friday October 11, 2019, from the Mandalay Bay Occasions Centerin Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Erika Pacheco, 35, spent nearly 10 years living in Mexico and almost a year living in Vancouver. While in Mexico, she attended Universidad del Valle de Mexico – Aguascalientes pursuing a degree in international relations.
Pacheco speaks Spanish and English, is conversational in French, and is learning Portuguese. She specializes in international business and has more than 15 years of experience in the field. She serves as an executive administrative assistant at an international private equity real estate investment firm. Currently, Pacheco is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Kendall College.
What made you choose this particular school?
Pacheco: “Kendall College is part of the Laureate Network, which is an international network of universities and schools that allow students to transfer to any school within the network without losing credits or classes. I began my degree in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes México at Universidad del Valle. In 2006, I moved back to my hometown of Chicago, and Kendall College is the college that forms part of the network.”
How did you decide on your field of study?
Pacheco: “My true passion is international relations and diplomacy, which is the original degree program I began. Kendall does not offer the same program. The equivalent is business management. I wanted to continue my education and knew that a business degree would serve me well. I look forward to obtaining my master’s degree in international relations.”
What made you choose online education?
Pacheco: “Online education offers me the flexibility I need to receive a quality education while still being able to work full time. My job requires me to work unpredictable hours. I knew that traditional classes on campus, even if offered in the evening, would not work for me.”
How do you balance your course load with your other obligations?
Pacheco: “I am very disciplined and focused. I schedule time for school meticulously so that it will not interfere with my personal life. I treat my education like a job. I have deliverables, timelines, and specific goals. I map everything out at the beginning of the quarter and work accordingly. Of course things become challenging at times. Life is not predictable. The built-in insurance for myself is that as a rule of thumb, I strive to be ahead of my deadlines so in case I have a bad day or just need a break, I can afford it without falling behind.”
Tell me about your online peer group.
Pacheco: “They are a diverse group hailing from many different cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. I appreciate the diversity because it fills the online classes with unique perspectives that are varied, fresh, and challenging. Kendall College is not a local school but rather a global hotspot representative of the rise of mass globalization on all levels. Throughout my years at Kendall I have learned so much about the world, thanks to the interaction with my peers. The education is two-fold, one from my courses and another from my peers.”
What do you hope to do with your degree upon completion?
Pacheco: “I have no idea. I am a rare bird in that I do not like to compartmentalize my life. I do not set specific goals only because I feel that in doing so, then I cut myself off from the opportunities that life may throw my way. I am very driven, focused, and confident. I know that I will continue to grow and be challenged in my career. I have many things I want to achieve, but I will let life throw me the curveballs and just be ready to catch them when I see them coming. Life is not about the destination but rather the journey. I will say that I plan to continue to move forward and make strides into the world of international relations on a grander scale.”
What advice would you offer other students who might be considering online education?
Pacheco: “If you are looking for an easy way out, online education is not it. Online education is a challenge. I do miss traditional classes. I do miss having interactions face to face with teachers and other students. That said, there is a tremendous sense of accomplishment and achievement that goes along with online education. Be focused, diligent, curious, and resilient. Do not make excuses. Do not wait. Take the challenge of embracing online education and make your dream of a college education come true!”
There has been another change to the second season of the Professional Fighters League (PFL) as Svetlana Khautova has been pulled from this Thursday’s card for undisclosed reasons according to MMA Junkie.
UFC veteran Larissa Pacheco will take her place and faces Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison in the main event of the show.
Professional Fighters League Season Two, Event One takes place on Thursday, May 9 from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York with Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN 2.
Councilmember Abel Pacheco (District 4,
Northeast Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle), along with their Council
colleagues, voted 8-0 to pass SEPA reform through Council Expense 119600, updating the
City’s ecological evaluation procedure to much better line up with the State
Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
Councilmembers Pacheco and O’Brien cited lots of examples in which
SEPA was used by individuals to attempt and avoid real estate diversity and
sustainable infrastructure enhancements in Seattle, rather than to safeguard the
environment, which was the original intent of the State Environmental Policy
Act. C.B. 119600 updates City codes to show recent modifications to state law,
made by E2SHB 1923, that exempt some
environmentally-friendly Land Usage Code changes from appeals under SEPA.
” SEPA is a tool implied to safeguard the environment. From Fort
Lawton to Mandatory Housing Price (MHA) to the Bullitt Center, SEPA has
frequently end up being weaponized to deliberately delay tasks that had broad
consensus,” Pacheco said. “All of us acknowledge that we remain in both a housing and
climate crisis. SEPA reform legislation improves the process and cuts
through ‘red tape’, allowing Seattle to sufficiently react to its housing
lack and advance its climate objectives.”
” SEPA reform will avoid people from unnecessarily
delaying or blocking strong environmental policies, such as denser housing
closer to transit, or yard homes, which was delayed for three years due
to SEPA appeals,” said O’Brien. “This legislation was thought about in response to
local ecological groups calling for common sense changes to improve SEPA,
recognizing that extreme SEPA repeals delayed numerous badly
required economical housing systems from being constructed.”
The legislation was supported by a broad series of environmental
groups, including the Sierra Club, 350 Seattle, and Futurewise.
” One of the most essential things we can do for the environment
is to make it much easier for people to live near where they work and play,” said
Sierra Club Seattle Group Chair Brittney Bush Bollay. “Council Expense 119600
smoothes the course for adding much-needed housing in our city by preventing
predatory hold-up of jobs that are currently well-studied and plainly safe and
green. In the middle of both a real estate and a climate crisis, we should do all we
can to enable the production of brand-new homes in places that lower car dependency
and permit individuals to pick to stroll, bus, bike, or roll around the city.”
Emphasizes of Council Bill 119600:
Limits Hearing Examiner SEPA
appeal hearings to 120 days, with an option to encompass 150 days if all
Clarifies that additional and
voluntary subjects covered in an Ecological Effect Declaration are not
subject to appeal
Aligns City code with modifications
to state law such as HB 1923
Updates SEPA limits for
Urban Villages to match Urban Centers, excusing jobs with less than
200 systems and 12,000 square feet
Enables the Seattle Department
of Building and Evaluations to create a SEPA Handbook that provides
standards for constant analysis
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Can’t stop sharing GIFs of cute animals? Our newest Champion for Good Sabrina Pacheco gets you. – she’s GIPHY’s Senior Director of Content Partnerships. Read on to see how you can combine your love of GIFs with social good.
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Sabrina Pacheco: I have had the pleasure of supporting the Ad Council’s efforts on GIPHY for 3 years now and I am proud to say that they are truly GIF experts! The most recent campaigns I have helped them with have been Stop Texts ( giphy.com/stoptexts ) and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Save the Food” Meal Prep Mate program ( giphy.com/nrdc ).
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Q: You’re planning a “Change the World” dinner party and you can invite anyone (living, dead or fictional). Who are three people on your list?
SP: This makes me think of Eric Clapton. I’d invite him to perform his “Change the World” song, and add in Jane Fonda and Jameela Jamil, two people I am very impressed by at the moment. The former has led such a full life, and the latter is bringing a lot of awareness to how the portrayal of women in the media can create negative effects on their self-confidence.
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Welcome to the first interview in the Conversing with the Plants series. The intention of this series is to begin a dialogue about the potential for developing deep relationships with our bioregions and the plants that inhabit them while highlighting herbalists and magical practitioners who make this the focus of their work. For the first interview I spoke with Lara Pacheco. I attended herb school with Lara and have watched her work and relationship with the plants evolve over the years and was curious to know more about the ways those relationships inform her projects on the community level.
Casandra: How did your work with the plants begin? Was there a specific plant that you developed a relationship with? What type of training have you had along the way?
Lara: I could explore this question for hours. I think it began, really, as a child. I went to public school near the beach in Virginia. I saw that the land there was getting swallowed up by senseless development, but my school was up against an old farm. When we were supposed to be running our laps around the field, I found a place to hide out and discovered wild onion growing there. It was that early connection with the wild that caused an eruption in my consciousness with the thought that there might be food growing wild around the land. I grew up mostly around apartment complexes, the landscape covered in concrete, in a place with no gardens. Yet my heart yearned for the wild and I wanted more every time I had a brief encounter. It wasn’t until I went to college in the Shenandoah mountains that I really began to connect with nature, and through that to connect with my true self and begin my journey to adulthood.
C: You’re a talented herbalist, gardener, wildcrafter, and medicine maker. How does relating with plants inform your practice?
L: More and more every day. The more time I spend with the plants, the more I learn and receive guidance on how to respond to our ongoing cultural and environmental crisis. When I feel lost, it is usually because I have been away from or not listening to the plants. I don’t sell as much medicine but focus on medicine making for myself, my family, my friends, and the clinic I helped start that serves low-income people in my neighborhood.
When I first started Seed and Thistle I really embraced medicine making. Over time, however, I heard a message to just be with the plants. That is why I love growing them or getting out to the woods to spend time with their wild cousins. I often don’t harvest, even in my garden when I see so many pollinators enjoying the medicinal plants I grow. That’s where I’m at right now, I just want to be with the plants. It’s also why I’ve pulled back on selling products, since overall I feel this world needs less consuming. Plants have directed my path further away from packaging them up to sell as something that can fix people’s problems and more on a journey of connecting folks to their bodies, the conversation with the land, its history and all creatures. This includes unveiling historical trauma and connecting with our ancestry.
C: I specifically admire the work you are doing in the Cully neighborhood and with groups like Brown Girl Rise. Can you tell us about the projects you’re working on? How does developing relationships with plants inform the work you are doing to build community?
L: Plants and fungal medicine inform everything I do! They guide my work on how we as humans process colonialism, systemic oppression, and healing from historical trauma. Plants can help us in the healing process. My projects in small ways address those traumatic events. One project is with the Seasonal Wellness Clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine, consultations, and massage to marginalized communities of Portland, OR. This year we have been specifically working in my neighborhood of Cully. We have been doing pop-up clinics this year. A part of this project is also simultaneously gathering people’s stories around some traditions and folk medicine they might have grown up around. The Cully neighborhood is full of diverse cultures from around the world. The intention in that is to 1) not assume that the people we are working to support do not also have their own knowledge of plants and healing, and 2) to celebrate and empower these traditions because our dominant culture does not.
The other project is Brown Girl Rise, which came out of conversations with someone I connected with who was a POC and had a passion to connect with their ancestry, traditions, and rituals, and to work with young femmes of color around cultivating a love and appreciation for their bodies and cycles. As a group we wanted to offer youth all the things we felt like we never experienced and reclaim some traditions that we felt like had been taken away from our ancestors. This radical sisterhood has been more medicine and inspiration to me. It is my opportunity to weave in plant medicine back into these young femmes’ lives.
C: I haven’t figured out how to frame this as a question so it’s more of a thought: I’ve begun to approach my work with the plants as an exercise in making space for their voices to come through. I feel like the (predominately white and male) magical and herbal communities have a lot to learn about listening and creating space for a diversity of voices without recontextualizing or appropriating. Do you have anything to say on the topic of cultivating sensitivity and respect – whether we are talking about sensitivity toward humans or nonhumans?
L: What a powerful question. Yes, I think this connects with my earlier comment on consumption. We’ve been trained by the dominant culture in the white patriarchal / cis-gendered / hetero-normative / linear-thinking capitalistic ways of understanding how things can serve us. This continues into this pop media health frenzy where everyone equates healthy with thin and lean and wants quick fixes from plant medicine. In this way the first question we always get asked as herbalists about a plant is “what is it good for?” It is good because it exists. We need to reframe ourselves as actors in an ecosystem that we depend on for life, and away from a role as takers who view creation as a candy store of delights. It is not enough to know the plants, even in a deep personal way. We also have to understand what role we play and how we have been shaped by an oppressive culture that victimizes people of color for profit. We need to understand how that ongoing and active victimization continues to benefit white society.
C: Lara, your work and connection with the plants is so beautiful and I love the ways you are working to support others in redefining our relationship with the plants outside of the context of colonialism and consumerism. Thank you so much for taking the time to share part of your story with us!
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Casandra Johns is an editor, publisher, herbalist, and book artist. Her work covers focuses on developing deep relationships with plants, exploring processes of co-creation, and practicing meaningful magic. She owns and operates House of Hands, a small press and bindery. Get to know her more at www.houseofhands.net