Interview with Brendan Loughnane above
Brendan Loughnane is getting ready for the 2021 PFL season after the last season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the time away from fighting, Loughnane is ready and focused on the season ahead. Prior to his first bout on April 23 against Sheymon Moraes, Loughnane sat down to chat about his opponent, his training, and what he expect out of this season in the PFL.
“Everything has gone good, I had a great camp,” Loughnane said. “I’m really excited to perform in this fight. I can’t wait to get out of quarantine and get the final touches together and then get to work.”
Like most people, Loughnane needed to change up his plans last year and this year. He had to get creative with training after the UK went into lockdown and gyms were closed. Loughnane found a solution that fit him and made the trek to the Middle East for this training camp.
“I was in Dubai. The UK closed down and there weren’t many options,” Loughnane explained. “I ended up having a great camp there, I really enjoyed it. A couple of the coaches from Tialand went there when Thailand closed the borders so I couldn’t go there. That’s where I usually train for fights so the camp made a little hop there, it was fun.”
Going forward, PFL has told Loughnane that he must stay in the United States between fights in order to avoid any travel issues. He is planning to stay in San Diego and train at Alliance MMA. The 2021 season lasts the entire year but first Loughnane must get this first fight out of the way, a fight that he says he is looking forward to.
“Amazing first opponent,” Loughnane said. “He’s a good striker, going to come forward. I think this is really going to bring the best out in me so I very much looking forward to fighting him for a number of reasons. The tournament seems to be littered with a lot of wrestlers and it’s good that they put two strikers together early. It should make for a great fight.”
Loughnane vs. Moraes will be featured on the April 23 card in Atlantic City, NJ. The event is headlined by a lightweight match-up between Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard.