BRENDAN LOUGHNANE is a win in the dream back home match – and the party goes on after that.
The British featherweight division is part of the Professional Wrestling Tournament season 2022, which includes qualifying and knockout formats.
Loughnane won his first regular match, defeating Ryoji Kudo in April, and another win will secure his spot in the quarterfinals.
The PFL playoffs will be held in the UK, in Cardiff on August 13 and London a week later.
Loughnane hasn’t fought back home in MMA since 2018, but had a boxing match in Manchester last year.
And after enjoying a few days of celebration in his hometown, he expects a similar match if he makes it to the final $1 million winner.
Loughnane, 32, told SunSport: “After that boxing match, I was missing in Manchester for about two days.
“So it looks like I’ll be missing in London, August 20th!
“I’m going to take in the fans, whoever has come out and spent their hard-earned money, I’ll be among them.”
The PFL offers ten stars in eight divisions the chance to win four matches in seven months, culminating in a final where the winner receives a $1 million cash prize.
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Points are earned in the opening two games, depending on your winning method, with the top four advancing to the playoffs.
That includes a semi-final, where the two winners will advance to the million-dollar finale.
That means Loughnane could book a place in the deciding game before his home fans, but first face Ago Huskic in Atlanta tomorrow.
A win would set him up in London, but as a poster boy for the UK launch of the PFL, the pressure is on.
He said: “We will raise the roof of it, we will make a proper event out of it.
“But without me, the show wouldn’t be the same. I have to go to work, I have work to do.
“There’s so much pressure on me right now, but all I do is count down the hours to practice, I focus on the job at hand.”