Brendan Loughnane has a fight announcement coming and it looks like we’re going to be seeing him back in the ACB cage sooner rather than later.
Loughnane has enjoyed the summer out in San Diego training at Alliance MMA with the likes of Dominick Cruz and Jeremy Stephens. Speaking to MMAUNO.com earlier today, Loughnane explained how the arrangement came about.
“We got a mutual friend in Jimmy Harbison, who’s a world renowned BJJ champion and he was my TUY jiu-jitsu coach,” Loughnane said. “He’s good friends with Dom and I wanted to come out to America to do a camp so we just kind of hooked up that way and I’ve been coming out ever since.
“I feel like I’ve been out here forever now, but I’m in camp and I’ll be back in a few weeks.
“I can’t say anything about the fight right now, but I’m sure it will be announced in the next few days.”
Suffice to say, the training Loughnane has enjoyed has been on a different level to that he’s used to in the UK. Training with the likes of Cruz and has given Loughnane training that he couldn’t have got at home in England.
“It’s been more of the same really, just everyday going into the gym and working with world class guys,” Loughnane said. “There’s so many bodies and I’m getting in so many round with them everyday. It’s only ever going to make you better and I feel a lot more improved since when I first got here.
“It’s training on a different level compared to what you can get in England. It’s just dead hard finding decent bodies. UK MMA is just all over the place right now, but here, I’m getting to train with some of the best in the world and it’s just invaluable to my career. I think it’s going to really show and I’ve made some great progress over the past few weeks.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and working with world champions has just taken my game up a level.”
Loughnane was last in action back at ACB 65 in Sheffield when he took on Pat Healy. The size difference between the two was glaringly obvious that night and Loughnane says it’s put in perspective how featherweight is the right division for him.
“I’m going back to my own weight class, it was a bit of a silly jump up that now I reflect on it,” Loughnane said. “I’m looking forward to going back to featherweight and getting back in the win column. Lightweight is usually alright, but Healy was just an exceptional guy you know. He’s huge, but I’m not making excuses. I’m a 145-er and I know that even more now since I’ve come to America and some of these guys have put me in my place. I’ll be staying a 145-pounds from now.”
Loughnane is now 1-1 under the ACB banner, but he’s no complaints whatsoever about the Russian promotion. He says he’s been treated very well by ACB and he’s glad he’s not plying his trade in some of the other British promotions.
“ACB is a very well run organization,” Loughnane said. “UK MMA shows right now are a mess. They aren’t run right, they aren’t paying right and ACB have come along giving everyone the right money and treating everyone well.
“There’s no complaints from me at all. I’m really happy with ACB.”
With his move back down to featherweight incoming, Loughnane says he’s ready to get back to running through Europe’s best. With all three of his losses coming via split decision, it seems he’s ready to make sure his next few fights aren’t left in the hands of the judges.
“I’m 14-3 now, but all three of my losses were split decisions and all of them were very tight,” Loughnane said. “If I’m going to get beat, as daft as it sounds I’d rather get knocked clean out or have someone snap my arm. I’m sick to death of split decision and I’d rather someone just come in and really take it from me. Watching it back, I still think I won, but f*** it, it is what it is.
“I’m going back to weight class now and I’m going to start eating people up again. This is my weight class and I’m going to move back down and smash through people like I have been doing.
“I’m going to stay in this division, not call out anymore giants and keep smashing through it.”