The two did trading throughout the very first portion of the 2nd round, and Loughnane appeared to get some good shots in. Khaybulaev then controlled the last 30 seconds on top, landing some ground-and-pound while trapping Loughnanes arms.
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The 2 did trading throughout the first portion of the second round, and Loughnane appeared to get some decent shots in. However he and Khaybulaev eventually got to the cage wall, and Khaybulaev again brought the action towards the ground. Khaybulaev then dominated the last 30 seconds on top, landing some ground-and-pound while trapping Loughnanes arms.
Loughnane seemed to rock Khaybulaev a bit with an uppercut throughout the 3rd round. But he wasnt able to take full benefit, and Khaybulaev, despite some bad bleeding from his nose, scored a takedown with about 2 minutes left in the battle and controlled the action for the staying time.
One judge gave a complicated 29-28 scorecard in Loughnanes favor, while the other scored the fight for Khaybulaev 30-27 and 29-28.
With the win, Khaybulaev will deal with Chris Wade, who beat Bubba Jenkins in the other 145-pound semifinal, in the 2021 PFL featherweight title battle.
It didnt take long before Khaybulaev managed to score a takedown on Loughnane, and the battle basically remained on the ground for the rest of the round. The two traded blows, however Loughnane couldnt leave bottom position.
He ultimately exploded to get back up to his feet at the end of the round, however Khaybulaev addressed by slamming him down prior to the bell.
Movlid Khaybulaev dominates Brendan Loughnane but is forced to settle with a split choice
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In spite of the judges scoring the contest as a split decision, Movlid Khaybulaev was dominant against Brendan Loughnane, making a statement as he advances to the PFL featherweight division finals.