Brendan Loughnane is the fighter to watch at the PFL Championships.
Brendan Loughnane is entering the biggest fight of his career. The 32-year-old from Manchester, England is looking to become the first UK fighter to win the PFL Championship. In order to do that, he’ll have to get through NCAA Division I champion and Bellator veteran Bubba Jenkins. Loughnane entered the PFL in 2019 and will be in the finals a year after losing by a split decision in the semi-finals.
Brendan Loughnane went pro in 2010, and after starting 5-0, appeared on the Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. Loughnane lost in the semi-finals to the winner Norman Parke but still earned a shot with the UFC, losing to Mike Wilkinson in his debut and then getting let go soon after. After going on an 11-2 run, Loughnane appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019 and defeated current UFC featherweight Bill Algeo, but didn’t earn a contract. The PFL called after he wasn’t picked up by the UFC and Loughnane has gone 7-1 over the course of three seasons, defeating Ryoji Kudo, Ago Huskic, and Chris Wade on his way to the championship.
Brendan Loughnane’s confidence isn’t wavering going into the PFL Championships
Since joining the PFL, Brendan Loughnane has followed the sayings, ‘power of intention’ and ‘singularity of purpose.’ Loughnane has kept the PFL belt as his iPhone background since signing with the organization as well as keeping pictures of the belt and of a million-dollar check with his name on it around him leading up to the fight. Loughnane respects his opponent Bubba Jenkins but has seen him quit before and will look to push him to that place again.
Loughnane’s opponent Bubba Jenkins went 14-4 throughout promotions like Bellator, ACB, and Brave FC before joining the PFL in 2021. Jenkins also lost in last year’s semi-finals, but this season has beaten Kyle Bochniak, Reinaldo Ekson, and Ryoji Kudo en route to the championship. This will be a wrestler vs. striker matchup and will make for one of the best fights left in 2022.