Brendan Loughnane is uninterested in being a betting underdog, nevertheless it’s a task 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 Laborious Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Fla. The principle card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.
Regardless of 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.
“Individuals are sleeping on me,” Loughnane instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “I’m the large betting underdog but once more, so persons are sleeping on me but once more. What do I’ve to do on the market for the betting individuals to begin placing me as favourite? I imply Jesus, I’m going on the market displaying every part on this match up to now, and the English individuals simply hold making a lot cash off these American bookies. Like, what’s going to occur this one?”
Whereas it might look intimidating on paper, Loughnane isn’t actually shopping for Khaybulaev’s undefeated document. The Russian featherweight did endure 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. Although Khaybulaev was stopped by Pineda in simply 29 seconds, Loughnane has taken notes from that combat.
“Taking somebody’s zero at this stage is huge,” Loughnane stated. “However come on, it’s not an actual zero is it. There’s a loss on there. I do know Daniel Pineda popped for steroids, however on the finish of the day he nonetheless completed him. Daniel Pineda has kinda laid a blueprint for me so I’ll be planning on doing the identical as he did.”
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