Brendan Loughnane is uninterested in being a betting underdog, nevertheless it’s a job he’s gotten accustomed to by now.
Loughnane (21-3) faces Movlid Khaybulaev (17-0-1) within the semifinals of 2021 PFL Playoffs 3, which takes place Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The important card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.
Despite having a stellar season up to now with a press release knockout of Sheymon Moraes and an all-out warfare with Tyler Diamond, oddsmakers are favoring unbeaten Khaybulaev to make the finals, which Loughnane is having a tough time wrapping his head round.
“People are sleeping on me,” Loughnane instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “I am the big betting underdog yet again, so people are sleeping on me yet again. What do I have to do out there for the betting people to start putting me as favorite? I mean Jesus, I’m going out there showing everything in this tournament so far, and the English people just keep making so much money off these American bookies. Like, what’s going to happen this one?”
While it could look intimidating on paper, Loughnane isn’t actually shopping for Khaybulaev’s undefeated document. The Russian featherweight did undergo a loss to UFC veteran Daniel Pineda within the 2019 PFL playoffs, however the TKO loss was later overturned to a no contest after Pineda was flagged for having an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio in his system. Though Khaybulaev was stopped by Pineda in simply 29 seconds, Loughnane has taken notes from that struggle.
“Taking someone’s zero at this stage is massive,” Loughnane stated. “But come on, it’s not a real zero is it. There is a loss on there. I know Daniel Pineda popped for steroids, but at the end of the day he still finished him. Daniel Pineda has kinda laid a blueprint for me so I’ll be planning to do the same as he did.”
To see the total interview with Loughnane, take a look at the video above.