Best 145-er On The Planet?

2023 PFL 1
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Brendan Loughnane wants to be considered among the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters currently competing at Featherweight.

And the British sports star is building quite the case.

Loughnane kicked off his 2023 PFL season in style, finishing former UFC Bantamweight title challenger, Marlon Moraes, with leg kicks last night (Sat. April 1, 2023) inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights).

The 2022 PFL Featherweight champion is hitting his stride, winning five straight bouts and finishing his two most recent opponents. And because of his current torrid run, he wants to be put in the conversation with the best 145-pound face punchers on the planet.

“I’m on a roll, man. I’m on a roll — it’s hard to doubt me,” Loughnane told during his post-fight scrum. “Put me in the conversation for the best 145-er on the planet right now — how can you not?

“I know Marlon has been on a bit of a skid, but look at the precise work that I put on him,” Loughnane continued. “Look at the way I picked him off. Switched stances, went head to the body to low, jabs, good right hands, settled in the fight. It was clinical and just one strength to another.”

There is no doubt that Loughnane has cemented himself as one of the top Featherweight talents competing right now. The problem is that he can’t compete against top-shelf Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) talents such as Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez — or even Bellator MMA’s Patricio Pitbull for that matter — because they are under contract with other promotions.

We can pretend though, right?

Loughnane will return to PFL action this summer against an opponent to be named at a later date.

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