Brendan Loughnane’s PFL Debut Announced for Oct. 11 in Las Vegas

Brendan Loughnane will make his Professional Fighters League debut against Matt Wagy on Oct. 11

On Tuesday, the league confirmed that Loughnane (17-3), of Manchester, England will make his debut at PFL 7 in a featherweight bout against Matt Wagy (13-6). The event takes place on Oct. 11 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The featherweight bout is not part of the PFL’s $1 million season format, but rather its “New Fighter Showcase” series.

Loughnane came in the limelight earlier this year as a contestant on Dana White’s Contender Series. One of the more experienced fighters heading into the show, Loughnane won a unanimous decision over Bill Algeo on June 18, but did not receive a UFC contract after being criticized by White for ending his performance with a take-down attempt rather than going all out for a finish.

Loughnane enters his PFL debut on a three-fight winning streak. He has contested for promotions such as ACB, BAMMA and previously had one-fight stint in the UFC, where he suffered a loss from Mike Wilkinson in December 2012.

Despite that experience, the 29-year-old Englishman says he is not using the UFC’s decision to pass on him as motivation.

“That’s the first question I get now: Do I hate Dana White?” Loughnane told media. “No. I have no hate towards the man. I have no hate towards the UFC. I am very excited to fight for PFL and very excited to fight in Las Vegas. It’s a dream come true.

“This is not about the UFC. It’s about Brendan Loughnane. There were plenty of offers on the table after the Contender Series, but one thing I liked about PFL is you can be a millionaire in one season. Nowhere else can you can get that opportunity.”