Exclusive: PFL’s Abigail Montes on upcoming Harrison-Pacheco fight, and plans for move down to featherweight

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Abigail Montes has given her prediction for this Friday’s PFL lightweight title fight, as well as discussing plans for a move down to featherweight.

Abigail Montes recently lost a razor close split decision to 2022 PFL semi-finalist Olena Kolesnyk.


During a recent chat with WMMA Rankings, PFL’s Abigail Montes gave a rundown on this week’s lightweight title fight between Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco.

It will be a very interesting fight since both come with very good streaks. Larissa comes from knocking out girls in the first round with her very powerful hands. If she can connect to Harrison before Harrison takes her to the ground, she could be champion.” she said.

But I think Harrison has very good pressure and it will be difficult to catch her. It will be interesting.” she continued.

At Friday’s event, PFL will also be launching their women’s featherweight division when UFC veteran Aspen Ladd takes on former Bellator champ Julia Budd. The organization is widely tipped to host a full 145-pound featherweight season next year, and if they do, Abigail Montes wants in.

If [PFL does add the division], my plan is to go to 145lbs.” Montes said.

Montes is ranked number-eight in the WMMA Rankings top ten list for lightweights.


Montes made an impression in her PFL debut in October 2021, competing at 155 pounds for the first time in her career and defeating Claressa Shields by way of a split decision. Coming into 2022 undefeated and ready for lightweight gold, the 22-year-old suffered tough luck with the judges. Dropping a hard-fought decision to Marina Mokhnatkina, as well as a very controversial split decision to this year’s lightweight semi-finalist Olena Kolesnyk, Montes has gone 0-2.

Training out of the Lobo Gym alongside UFC stars Irene Aldana and Alexa Grasso, the ‘Brave’ one is constantly making improvements to her game fight-by-fight and is hoping to keep the judges out of it when she returns to the cage in 2023.

PFL World Championship takes place on Friday, November 25, 2022, from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. The main card, headlined by Kayla Harrison vs Larissa Pacheco, will be aired live on pay-per-view from 8 pm ET.

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