Loughnane Doesn’t Hate Dana, Just Wants The Money
Earlier this year, Brendan Loughnane won impressively on the season premiere of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series but was not offered a contract by the program’s namesake.
Now. the English fighter has signed on with the PFL, looking to debut in October and is looking at the 2020 season and the $1 million prize.
“You know what’s incredible, the other girl [Hannah Goldy] that didn’t get signed that night, she just got signed—that means everybody [who won] on the show got signed apart from me. How incredible is that? Let’s take that into consideration, what’s going on there?” Loughnane told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“In terms of a chip on my shoulder, I don’t give a f**k what happened there. I’m just about making money for my family, fighting in the most iconic arenas on the globe and continuing on my journey. Let’s be honest, how long would it take me to earn that kind of money with the UFC? Five years if you’re lucky? I can earn it in six months here. Even if I don’t win [the tournament] I could come out with about $400,000. It’s not the all about money, but at the end of the day I have mouths to feed and it’s time for me to get my worth from the sport. Especially for fighting high-level competition you want to be compensated correctly. PFL are just a great outfit at the minute for me.”
Loughnane refuses to lambaste White, claiming the appearance and the win has gotten him more fans and a bigger platform and a contract, even though it is not with the UFC… yet.
“It got me millions of fans and it’s got me more money than I can imagine from another promotion, so in a way, he’s done me a favor. I’m not bitter towards them for their decision,” he said.
“I’ve got every single door open still, I’m not a bridge burner. At the end of the day, Dana White didn’t choose me that night, so there’s no hard feelings. You know, I swear I’ve always liked him. Even though he did what he did, I still like him. I don’t know why, it’s just whenever I watch him talk or whatever I don’t bear any grudges for him…I don’t know…I think he’s just a funny guy. What ever it is [that’s cost me the shot] it is. I know it’s something, so hopefully when I’m an old man I’ll bump into him walking through the MGM and he can tell me! Whatever it is, it is. By then I’ll be a millionaire, so I won’t give a f**k!”
Report: MMA Fighting