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Brendan Loughnane’s PFL debut announced for Oct. 11 show

Brendan Loughnane

It’s been an eventful year for Brendan Loughnane, one he’ll cap off with his first fight for the Professional Fighters League.

On Tuesday, the league confirmed a report from ESPN that Loughnane 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.

This will be a match in the PFL’s “New Fighter Showcase” series, one-offs designed to showcase certain fighters, and not part of the current PFL playoffs, which are set to take place over the course of three shows in October.

The 29-year-old Englishman shared a message on social media shortly after his debut was announced:

Loughnane (17-3) made headlines 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, but did not receive a UFC contract after being criticized by White for ending his performance with a takedown attempt rather than going all out for a finish.

It was later announced that Loughnane had signed with the PFL in July. He is expected to compete in the league’s 2020 featherweight regular season.

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