Cage Warriors Veteran Greg Loughran Takes On Eric Reynolds At Art Of Fighting In Tampa
It’s a Battle of the Bellator vets on August 22nd as the Cage Warriors veteran Greg “Hitman” Loughran (20-12-0) takes on Eric Reynolds (10-3-0) at the “Art Of Fighting” event in the SUN DOME in Tampa, FL, USA
Greg Loughran is one of the UK’s top Lightweights, currently ranked 5th in the UK 155 lbs rankings (behind 4 UFC fighters) and is a veteran of Cage Warriors, Cage Rage, Cage Gladiators and several other top European promotions. This likeable 25 year old Northern Irishman is a nine year veteran of the sport and was fighting as a professional before his 18th Birthday on the Irish circuit, and even competed as a kickboxer before making the switch to MMA.
Despite facing some tough UK based opposition during the formative years of his career, Loughran has shown he is a skilful all-round fighter who is comfortable fighting both on his feet and on the floor. Over the past few years Loughran has started to show his true potential and has won 10 of his last 12 bouts. During his impressive run of form Loughran has defeated some top UK based fighters such as the TUF 9 finalist, Andre Winner (via Submission), the Strike and Submit British and European Welterweight Champion, Pete Irving, and the Cage Gladiators British Champion, Rob Sinclair.
However the Northern Irishman is no stranger to fans in Florida having defeated the WEC and Bellator veteran Jonathan Brookins at the first Cage Warriors event in the USA last year. In his last bout at the inaugural Bellator FC event in Florida Loughran gave Eddie Alvarez a scare in the opening round of their Lightweight tournament clash. As the EFR Team member floored the eventual Champion early on before being caught in a guillotine choke later on in the round.
Since his last fight Loughran returned home, but soon found the lure of Floridian life too hard to resist and return to the Sunshine State in July and recently helped Jason Ball prepare for his fight with Edson Berto at the RFC event in Tampa last Month. That experience left Loughran hungry for cage time himself and has now stepped-in for his third Stateside bout later this month as he faces the dangerous American Eric Reynolds on August 22nd.
Reynolds poses a tough test for the Northern Irishman and at 23 years of age, has already amassed an impressive record after making his pro debut at World Fighting Championships in April 2007 in Florida. Reynolds quickly raced to a stunning 9-0 record which saw him finish all of his opponents inside the distance, with 5 of those wins coming from TKO’s.
However his win streak came to a bone shuddering halt in June last year, when he was knocked out in just 38 seconds of the first round by the highly talented Luis Palomino. However that setback did not damage Reynolds’ career for long, as he (like Loughran) was called-up to the Bellator Lightweight tournament. The local favourite was soon back to winning ways after defeating Thomas Schulte via TKO after flooring the travelling fighter with a head kick before finishing the job with ground and pound after 4:18 of the opening stanza.
Reynolds tasted defeat in the tournament semi final after he was submitted by the eventual Tournament winner Eddie Alvarez via a rear naked choke in round 3 of an action packed bout. Despite the loss Reynolds was called-up once again by Bellator to participate in their season finale where he fought Jorge Masvidal at catchweight bout of 160 lbs. On the night, both men put on a “Fight of the night” performance, however Reynolds once again succumbed to a rear naked choke in round 3 of the bout.
Now Reynolds looks to get back to winning ways against Loughran on what would be an explosive bout at 160 lbs / 72.5kg
For more information on this show go to the Art of Fighting website
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