But, despite claiming victory over teak-tough wrestler Tyler Diamond, Loughnane’s progression to the final four of the featherweight season was anything but easy.
Loughnane had made a blistering start to the season with his first-round knockout of Sheymon Moraes putting him at the top of the league after the first round of fights.
But in his second regular-season bout, things proved to be much, much tougher for the Mancunian.
In a back-and-forth battle that went the full 15-minute duration, Loughnane and Diamond left everything in the cage as they battled to the brink of exhaustion in a thrilling war.
And, after three five-minute rounds of non-stop action, Loughnane was declared the victor via majority decision.
It meant that the Brit punched his ticket to the semi-finals of the 2021 PFL featherweight season, and just two wins away from a cheque for one million dollars.
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After his breathless battle, Loughnane paid tribute to his opponent as he recalled one of the toughest fights of his professional career.
“You know what it is. That man is an absolute warrior,” he told PFL commentator and former champion Sean O’Connell after his victory.
“Today, he’s just brought out the best out in me.
“That was a very close fight. If it would have went his way, I’m a gracious loser, as well.
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“I’m covered in his blood, he’s covered in my blood. What a show for the PFL fans!
“Two fights for Brendan Loughnane, two entertaining fights.
“Could have went my way, could have went his way.
“But God, thank you, because I scraped that one by the skin of my a**!”
Despite his elation at claiming the victory that secured his spot in the semis, Loughnane admitted that his battle with Diamond took him to a place he’d never been before in a fight.
“Mate, that was better for me than beating Sheymon Moraes,” he said.
“I just had to dig to somewhere that I didn’t know I had tonight.
“In the last third round, when I had to scramble to get up, I contemplated quitting, and I’ve never done that in my career.
“I was sat there thinking, ‘Have I got it in me to get out from the bottom?’ and that’s me just being totally honest.
“My coach is looking at me in disgrace.
“We’ve got a lot to go back to, but thank you for the win, man!”
And, reflecting on his performance, he admitted he couldn’t believe that his opponent was still standing after their gruelling battle.
“You know what? Thinking back, I was hunting for the finish,” he said.
“From the start to the end of the fight, I was trying to knock Tyler out.
“I hit him with everything apart from the kitchen sink.
“God only knows how he stayed in here tonight.”
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