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Brendan Loughnane Leads Playoff Contenders as PFL Concludes 2024 Season

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon29 June 2024

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) recently wrapped up the 2024 PFL Global Season with an electrifying event at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The eleven-fight card showcased intense battles within the Welterweight and Featherweight divisions.

Main Event Highlights

In the main event, 2022 PFL Featherweight Champion Brendan Loughnane continued his pursuit of a second PFL title by defeating Justin Gonzales via TKO with a powerful knee strike in the second round. This victory secured Loughnane as the top seed in the Featherweight division for the upcoming 2024 PFL Playoffs.

Co-Main Event Spotlight

The co-main event featured South Dakota native and former Bellator Interim Welterweight Champion Logan Storley against Moldova’s Luca Poclit. The fighters exhibited their wrestling skills over three rounds, culminating in a unanimous decision victory for Storley, much to the delight of the local fans.

Notable Performances

  • Magomed “Prince” Umalatov vs. “Irish” Brennan Ward: Umalatov, maintaining his undefeated professional record, swiftly defeated Ward with an anaconda choke in the first round, earning a spot in the 2024 PFL Global Season Playoffs. Ward subsequently announced his retirement from MMA.
  • Gabriel Braga vs. Bubba Jenkins: In a clash of former PFL finalists, Braga secured a technical knockout in the second round, ensuring his return to the PFL Playoffs.
  • Lorenz “Da Monsoon” Larkin vs. Alan “Tiburón Blanco” Dominguez: Larkin made a striking PFL debut, defeating Dominguez via TKO in the first round, enhancing his career record to 26-8.

Quotes from Leadership

“The 2024 PFL Global Season has been the biggest and toughest to date, with the addition of athletes from Bellator and PFL Europe,” remarked PFL CEO Peter Murray. “After six action-packed events, we now proceed to the 2024 PFL Global Season Playoffs where every fight is a must-win on the road to PFL championship glory and $1 million.”

Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations at PFL, added, “Tonight, our final eight athletes qualified for the 2024 PFL Global Season Playoffs in a night of great PFL action. We look forward to the start of the PFL Postseason on August 2.”

Additional Fights

  • Murad Ramazanov vs. Shamil Musaev: Musaev handed Ramazanov his first professional loss with a second-round TKO, entering the playoffs as the top-seeded Welterweight.
  • Kai Kamaka vs. Pedro Carvalho: Kamaka triumphed over Carvalho by unanimous decision, marking his 14th career victory.
  • Goiti Yamauchi vs. Andrey Koreshkov: Koreshkov emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
  • Timur Khizriev vs. Enrique Barzola: Khizriev won via unanimous decision.
  • Don Madge vs. Neiman Gracie: Gracie secured a unanimous decision win, while Madge still earned a playoff spot.
  • Tyler Diamond vs. Brett Johns: Diamond, stepping in on short notice, defeated Johns by unanimous decision, improving his record to 14-3.

Upcoming Events

The 2024 PFL Global Season continues with playoff action in the Heavyweight and Women’s Flyweight divisions on Friday, August 2, from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will be broadcast across ESPN platforms in the U.S. and via DAZN in Canada, Europe, and additional premium sports platforms internationally.

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All 2024 PFL Global Season events are available live on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and DAZN in Canada and Europe, reaching 150 countries globally through additional international premium sports platform distribution.

COMPLETE RESULTS:

PFL Sioux Falls Main Card Results:

  • Brendan Loughnane (29-5) def. Justin Gonzales (14-5) by 2nd round TKO (3:34)
  • Logan Storley (16-3) def. Luca Poclit (10-2) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
  • Magomed Umalatov (16-0) def. Brennan Ward (17-9) by 1st round submission (3:43)
  • Gabriel Braga (14-1) def. Bubba Jenkins (21-9) by 2nd round TKO (1:48)

Early Card Results:

  • Lorenz Larkin (26-8, 2 NC) def. Alan Dominguez (11-7) by 1st round TKO (4:46)
  • Shamil Musaev (18-0-1) def. Murad Ramazanov (12-1, 1 NC) by 2nd round TKO (1:51)
  • Kai Kamaka (14-5-1) def. Pedro Carvalho (13-10) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Andrey Koreshkov (22-5) def. Goiti Yamauchi (29-7) by unanimous decision (29-27x2, 29-28)
  • Timur Khizriev (16-0) def. Enrique Barzola (20-9-2) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Neiman Gracie (13-5) def. Don Madge (11-5-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tyler Diamond (14-3) def. Brett Johns (20-5) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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