Brit MMA star two fights away from £820k fortune as PFL Playoffs come to London

Brendan Loughnane and Kayla Harrison are among the MMA superstars that are just two fights away from a bumper $1million (£820,000) pay-cheque as PFL Playoffs arrive at London's Copper Box Arena.

The women's lightweight and men's featherweight semi-final play-offs with take place in England's capital this weekend with the winners progressing into their respective finals later this year.

With Loughnane (23-4) already entering into a fierce war of words with his opponent Chris Wade (22-7) the undefeated Harrison (14-0) goes in as a huge favourite against Martina Jindrova (6-2).

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With full preliminary and postliminary cards taking place before after after the four play-off bouts that include Ryoji Kudo vs Bubba Jenkins and Larissa Pacheco vs Olena Kolesnyk – excitement is building with huge riches almost in touching distance.

The Professional Fighters League was founded back in 2018 following a restructuring of the former World Series of Fighting – and is the first major MMA organisation that sees athletes compete in a regular season as well as post-season and championship.

Across their six-weight divisions, CEO Peter Murray will oversee prizes of $1m handed out to the six champions who needed to finish in the top four of their respective league phases before winning their play-off and final contests.

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With the bouts taking place in a 10-sided cage known as the SmartCage, the unified rules of mixed martial arts are followed with an addition in the prohibition of elbow strikes.

With a win in any round of the fight equating to three points, there is a further three on offer for a first-round finish, with two in the second and one in the third.

Loughnane finished fourth in the featherweight standings with a total of six points, which was matched by Jenkins and Kudo with Wade claiming nine.

Harrison made it through in second with nine points, with Pacheco in first with 12, Kindrova also on nine and Kolesnyk on six.

Loughnane and Harrison will be looking to join the likes of Scotland's Stevie Ray and Australia's Rob Wilkinson by making the final – with only one of them being there before.

A double Olympic gold medalist in Judo, Harrison, 32, is unbeaten from 14 professional MMA bouts and picked up the $1m pay packet in both 2019 and 2021.

Manchester's Loughnane is looking to break new ground having lost a split decision in the playoffs back in 2021 and been controversially passed up by the UFC following a win in Dana White's Contender Series back in 2019.

Loughnane, 32, will be taking on Wade in his side of the bracket, a former UFC competitor whom he has referred to as "total d***head" in the build-up.

"Me and Chris Wade have been on a collision course for a while, I think he's a total d***head to be honest so I'm really looking forward to fighting him. He just has no respect for anybody," Loughnane recently told the Mirror.

"He's a proper jealous little c***, as soon as I signed for the PFL he had this weird little vibe when I first met him."

After Wade had told Planet Sport: "Brendan is delusional. The point will be driven home to Brendan once the cage door is shut. It's just to send a message really, that echoes out that I'm the guy. There's no debate about that."

The event can be viewed live in Britain thanks to the PFL's exclusive deal with Channel 4 and their sports YouTube channel with tickets to the event available to buy at TicketMaster.

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