Brendan Loughnane collides with Ryoji Kudo at PFL 2 for their 2022 season. This featherweight fight transpires at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas on April 28th.
I spoke with Loughnane at the virtual media day ahead of this one.
The utility of Tiger Muay Thai as a training space over the last decade
“I’ve been training at Tiger Muay Thai since 2012. Back and forth I usually go once a year. I absolutely love the place. It was shut for two years during COVID. So I couldn’t go there. It was so nice to go back. So good to see all my old coaches and training partners, get in the work. Thailand is my happy place. That’s where I feel like Brendan gets the best out of himself.”
“I feel like going over there, I’ve reinvented myself for the season. It’s a place that I’ve not been able to go to for a while. Just ticked all the boxes. Went through everything, my striking, my wrestling, my grappling. Actually, I added some strength and conditioning to this camp as well. That’s something I heavily neglected last year. Yeah, in the off-season I’ve started really attacking the weights and grappling.”
The stacked roster of training partners over at TMT
“I mean going through the names. Nikolay Aleksakhin, who fights in here, he was there. You’ve got Shoeface, Petr Yan was there, (Khamzat) Chimaev was there. Rafael Fiziev…It was just littered with talent and littered with energy. It’s energy I need. High-level competition and high-level training.”
The lack of a nickname and if that will ever change for Brendan Loughnane
“Have you just seen that on Twitter? Because why is this just getting brought up now? Everybody’s coming at me about this nickname. Listen if you can give me a nickname, I’ve been in this a long time, one’s never stuck. But I’ve had Lightning Loughnane, that was close. I’ve had Shotgun Loughnane, that was close.”
“But I feel like I’ve got to take it and run with the nickname. But I kind of just let them fly past. Maybe we should get one this year, why not? This is the season. You know what, I’m gonna do a poll. I’m gonna do a thing on Twitter and whoever wins I will change my nickname to that. How about that?”
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