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PFL Chicago Results: Brendan Loughnane rises to the top of Featherweight standings

LockerRoom Team
20 April 2024

Chicago's Wintrust Arena set the stage for another electrifying instalment of the Professional Fighters League (PFL), marking the midway point of the 2024 Global Season. The event, which showcased fighters from the Welterweight and Featherweight divisions, treated MMA enthusiasts to twelve bouts of relentless action both inside the arena and across screens worldwide.

Stepping into the PFL SmartCage with determination, Brendan Loughnane, hailing from Manchester, aimed to make a statement. The former PFL Featherweight Champion lived up to his reputation, securing a commanding 1st round TKO victory over Pedro Carvalho. With this win, Loughnane notched six crucial points in the Featherweight standings, inching closer to his goal of a playoff return.

In the evening's headline bout, Andrey Koreshkov and Magomed Umalatov engaged in a strategic showdown that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Umalatov emerged victorious, maintaining his pristine record with a unanimous decision win in the highly anticipated Welterweight clash.

Meanwhile, Logan Storley faced off against Shamil Musaev in another Welterweight matchup that ended swiftly in the 2nd round via KO, catapulting Musaev further up the ranks with an impressive display of skill.

Gabrial Braga, the 2023 PFL Featherweight Runner-Up, honoured his late father with a heartfelt victory over Justin Gonzalez, securing six points in the Featherweight division with a 1st round knockout.

Reflecting on the intense evening of competition, PFL CEO Petery Murray remarked, "Tonight was a fitting end to the first half of the 2024 PFL Global Season, with the best Welterweights and Featherweights providing unrivaled action to fans worldwide."

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Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations at PFL, echoed Murray's sentiments, emphasizing the league's unique season format that delivers high-stakes matchups and unparalleled excitement for MMA enthusiasts.

The event also saw notable performances from fighters such as Goiti Yamauchi, Kai Kamaka, and Adam Borics, who showcased their skills and earned crucial points in their respective divisions.

With each bout adding to the drama and anticipation, the PFL Global Season promises to deliver more exhilarating action as fighters vie for playoff berths and the ultimate prize in MMA.

All the action from the 2024 PFL Global Season events is broadcast live across ESPN platforms in the U.S. and DAZN in Canada and Europe, with coverage extending to 150 countries worldwide through various premium sports platforms.

PFL Chicago Main Card Results:

  • Magomed Umalatov (15-0) def. Andrey Koreshkov (27-5) Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brendan Loughnane (27-5) def. Pedro Carvalho (13-8) 1st Round TKO (1:26)
  • Shamil Musaev (16-0-1) def. Logan Storley (15-2) 2nd Round KO (0:27)
  • Gabriel Braga (13-1) def. Justin Gonzales (14-4) 1st Round KO (4:59)
  • Goiti Yamauchi (29-6) def. Neiman Gracie (12-5) Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kai Kamaka (13-5-1) def. Bubba Jenkins (21-8) Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Early Card Results:

  • Adam Borics (18-2) def. Enrique Barzola (20-7-2) Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28 x3)
  • Timur Khizriev (15-0) def. Brett Johns (20-4) Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Murad Ramazanov (12-0, 1 NC) def. Laureano Staropoli (13-6) 1st Round Submission
  • Don Madge (11-4-1) def. Brennan Ward (17-8) 1st Round Submission
  • Tyler Diamond (13-3) def. Otto Rodrigues (14-2) Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Thad Jean (7-0) def. Romain Debienne (10-5) 1st round KO (2:07)

What are your thoughts on the event? Let us know in the comments below. 

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