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PFL Championship: Brendan Loughnane scores featherweight title with finish of Bubba Jenkins (Video)

Brendan Loughnane is the king of the PFL featherweights after a hard-fought war with Bubba Jenkins at the PFL Championship PPV

On June 18, 2019, Brendan Loughnane wasn’t awarded a UFC contract following his appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series, causing a massive uproar in the MMA community.

Three years later, Loughnane is now a champion in a professional MMA organization and a millionaire.

Loughnane scored a win over Bubba Jenkins in the finals of the 2022 PFL featherweight tournament to become the division’s champion at the PFL Championship pay-per-view event.

Brendan Loughnane stops Bubba Jenkins to win PFL featherweight championship at PFL Championship

Both men started off the fight with a focus on leg kicks. Jenkins attempted a takedown about 90 seconds in but was unable to get it. Jenkins did, however, clip Loughnane with a right hook and clinched him to the cage, where he pummeled and (unsuccessfully) attempted a takedown again until Loughnane broke off with about 90 seconds left in the round. Loughnane’s kicks, however, did do notable damage with a hematoma developing on Jenkins’s right leg.

Loughnane continued with the leg kick focus in the second round, with some jabs behind them, and growing the swelling on Jenkins’s leg. Meanwhile, Jenkins landed upstairs to Looughnane’s busted nose, though his movement seemed affected by the leg.

Loughnane continued to beat upon Jenkins’s already battered leg to start the third, though Jenkins picked up his striking pace in an attempt to gain control of the fight. Jenkins attempted to get another takedown late in the round, but he didn’t have the strength to fight against Loughnane’s takedown resistance. In the closing seconds of the round, Loughnane was the one who picked up the pace and seemed to rock Jenkins in a late flurry in a last-second attempt to finish the fight.

A right hand in the middle of the fourth round stumbled Jenkins, with follow-up shots finishing the fight.

The PFL Championships take place on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, live from the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on site for all your news and highlights.

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