This past Saturday, the PFL featherweight punched his way into the 2022 season final. At the 2022 PFL Playoffs 3 main event in London, Loughnane (25-4) won a unanimous decision over Chris Wade.
With a 30-27 advantage on all three judges' scorecards, Loughnane's performance was a resounding success, and he was delighted beyond measure.
“This is probably the best opponent that I’ve beat,” Loughnane said.
“That should put me right up there in the world rankings.
“It was just about belief tonight. In the last two fights, I don’t know who that guy was in there, and I started to think, ‘F*cking hell, have I lost it? Who is that guy?’ And I come out with a world’s best performance, the best performance of my life. I’m so happy.”
In addition to being one of, if not the finest performance of his career, the fight he had against Wade was also one of the most intense battles he had ever been involved in. In the run-up to their semifinal matchup, Loughnane and Wade each had a lot to say about what the other was doing and doing.
“I actually didn’t like Chris Wade, (but) he’s got to go back to his family,” Loughnane said.
“The fight is done now, and I actually feel sorry for him now, seeing how upset he was. He’s a world-class fighter and unfortunately one of us had to lose.”