Brendan Loughnane: “My next move will be a career move”
British Featherweight Brendan Loughnane confirmed on our recent podcast that his next move will be a career move. Speaking to MMA Latest’s Stephen Howson, Loughnane confirmed that the next move has to be right.
29-year-old, Manchester-born Loughnane is possibly the best commodity in British MMA at the minute, having fought some the best Britain and Europe have to offer, including a controversial defeat to current UFC talent Tom ‘Firekid’ Duquesnoy back in September 2015.
A step up to the major players in the sport is definitely on the cards, having formed an impressive 19-3 career, and now spends most his time in America training and living with former UFC champion Dominik Cruz.
When asked if there was a possibility of signing for ONE Championship, Loughnane confirmed, “I’ve spoken with every organisation you can name mate, I’ve been in talks with them all.”
Going on to add that “The next move for me will be a career move….That’s why I’m not rushing it.” Confirming that he wants to be paid because that will be where he stays for the remainder of his career.
The Manchester fighter would also add that there will be an announcement around March, stating that “Either way if not the UFC something else.”
A possible deal with the UFC (if that was to be the course he takes) could excite a number of fans, with the possibility of a dream rematch with Duquesnoy a stronger reality should he step inside the Octagon. A move that we may have seen in 2018 had the timing been right.
Loughnane confirmed that he was offered two fights by the UFC last year, however, both came at the wrong time, with the first coming while he was out injured with a broken arm, and the other on three days’ notice as a replacement fighter.
There was also talk of a possible deal with Bellator, however, it seemed that the American MMA organisation didn’t ‘come with the right offer’, prompting Loughnane to add that he knows what people are on, and “People not even ranked in the top 10 getting double what they offered me”.
It seems a better deal would have to be offered for Loughnane to join Scott Coker and his ever-growing list of European talent, but a possibility of either fighting under the UFC banner, or following other big names like Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to the Far East and joining the growth of ONE FC, could lead to some exciting match ups for the fans and fighter both. It is looking like it could be an interesting and big year for the 29-year-old.