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PFL 1 video: Brendan Loughnane annihilates Sheymon Moraes with right hand for first-round KO

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Brendan Loughnane will go in the Professional Fighters League books as the fighter with the first finish of the 2021 season, and he got it in devastating fashion.

Loughnane opened up his season taking on UFC veteran Sheymon Moraes on the featured preliminary bout of Friday’s PFL 1 event, the league’s first since COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 campaign.

Loughnane showed off an active and powerful arsenal on the feet, and had his opponent badly hurt. When it seemed like Moraes found an opening to recover, he landed with pinpoint accuracy before ending the bout with a vicious right hand that had Moraes landing awkwardly against the fence.

Check out the finish below.

It was Loughnane’s third appearance with the promotion after signing with the PFL in 2019 following a snub from Dana White on the Contender Series earlier that year. Loughnane had an impressive performance over 15 minutes in his DWCS win over Bill Algeo and wasn’t awarded a contract.

With the victory, Loughnane is in a great position, picking up six points for his regular season tally and taking little to no damage in a fight that lasted just over two minutes. Moraes has now lost three straight and four of his past six bouts.