In the co-main event of the 2022 PFL Playoffs 3 in London, which featured Loughnane, the PFL featherweight, against the experienced Chris Wade, Loughnane put on a hitting masterclass. Loughnane (25-4) defeated Wade (22-8) to earn a unanimous decision that read 30-27 across all three judges’ scorecards. Loughnane’s record now stands at 25-4 while Wade’s record is at 22-8.
Following Loughnane’s victory, Bubba Jenkins, who had earlier won by submission over Ryoji Kudo, will now be his opponent in the 2022 PFL featherweight final, which is scheduled to take place in November.
Loughnane, who was competing on his own turf, put on a resounding display of dominance.
Both combatants got off to a rather equal start in the opening round of the bout. At about the two-minute mark, Wade successfully delivered a head kick and then took his opponent down. After having Loughnane under his grasp for close to a minute, he eventually let off, allowing Loughnane to regain his footing. Before becoming pressed up against the cage, Loughnane startled Wade with a pair of solid blows. In the end, Loughnane was able to get away and proceeded to tear Wade apart with a variety of shots up to the final bell.
In the second round, Loughnane dominated the competition. Loughnane turned in a tremendous performance, thwarting any takedown attempts that were directed his way and picking apart Wade, who is known for his tenacity on his feet. Wade was able to get Loughnane to work, but he didn’t have much to offer in terms of his feetwork. Loughnane presented a striking appearance.
The momentum was maintained into the game’s last five minutes. Loughnane’s battle was made a bit more difficult by Wade, but for the most part, it was Loughnane who was doing the attacking.
Because of this victory, Loughnane will compete in the PFL championship game for the very first time in his career. After a promising start to his career in 2021, he was eliminated in the semifinals by Movlid Khaybulaev in a decision that was decided by a split decision. Since making his debut in the PFL in 2019, the Englishman has a record of 7-1.
In the meanwhile, after finishing as the runner-up in the previous season, Wade is not able to go to the finals. Since making the transition from the UFC to the PFL in 2018, Wade has compiled a record of 10-5 with the league. He has participated in three seasons, the first of which was in the lightweight weight class, while the most recent two were at the 145-pound weight class.
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