What’s next for Brendan Loughnane following stunning DWTNCS win?
Brendan Loughnane returned to the cage Tuesday night for the first instalment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Prior to his highly anticipated bout, Loughnane was on an absolute tear. He finished 6 of his last 7 fights and the one fight he lost against Pat Healy was a split decision that could have easily gone the other way.
The fight on the show the was exceptional, the Englishman put on an incredible performance which many believe was enough to earn him a contract. However, it was not meant to be as his well-timed striking, accuracy and all-around ability were not enough in the eyes of Dana White to earn a contract. White explained that Loughnane did not get the contract because of shooting for a double leg in the final 10 seconds of the bout.
“Both durable, tough guys banging it out. I have to give Brendan credit — he fought a guy who’s been a champion in two different (promotions). But let me tell you what you don’t do: you don’t come here, you don’t fight that type of fight, and you don’t go for the double leg with 10 seconds left in the fight.”
Despite mentioning how he thinks Loughnane will eventually be in the UFC, Tuesday night was not enough to convince the UFC president.
The criticism from White left many puzzled to how that performance was not enough. However, at the end of the day it is Dana White’s decision, so let’s not dwell on it too much in this article.
Despite not getting a contract, let’s take a look at what could be next for Loughnane.
A UFC call up
A UFC call up is probably something that is likely, despite Dana White’s initial comments, since he mentioned that he does believe Loughnane will end up in the UFC. A short notice fight could be an option or even just a fight that would be exciting to watch. Kevin Holland, for example, got a short notice call up for a fight with Thiago Santos which ended up going the distance. He’s now on a two-fight win streak inside the UFC with another fight lined up this weekend.
A fight in Europe could also be an option, with Loughnane having a huge fanbase in Europe he would be an ideal addition to a European card like the Copenhagen card in September. His skill set is up there and could definitely
Another fight on DWCS
Another Tuesday night fight could be a possibility too. Charles Byrd notably fought twice on the show and earned a contract second time around. Considering the ability Loughnane possesses and the type of fights he puts on, he would be an ideal headline fight for a show.
If this were to happen another win would most likely be enough to earn him a contract
Sign with Bellator
Many have stated this idea across social media, if it were to happen it would be similar to what happened with Austin Vanderford. Vanderford finished his bout on the show but failed to earn a contract and subsequently signed with Bellator not so long after. Considering the number of shows Bellator have held in the UK it would be a surprise if Loughnane was not offered a contract with Bellator before.
However, Loughnane seems to have had his sights set on the UFC for a long time and after Dana White saying he thinks the Englishman will be in the UFC at some stage. Then waiting for that call may be worth the wait for Loughnane.
It will be interesting to see what is next for Loughnane, outrage on social media shows the backing he has and how disgusted people were with the decision not to award him with a contract. Personally, I believe he’s done more than enough to earn a shot and can see him getting a call up in the near future.
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