March 29, 2024 1:45 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Angel Pacheco vs Caolan Loughran at UFC ESPN 54

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When is UFC on ESPN 54? Sunday 31st March, 2024 - 00:00 (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 54? Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 54? Click here to buy tickets for UFC on ESPN

What channel is UFC on ESPN 54 on? TNT Sports 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 54? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Angel Pacheco (7-2) makes his debut after failing his Contender Series debut. In fairness, he lost to Danny Silva (2023) who has gone on to earn a UFC win recently. Prior to that he was coming off finishing his last three opponents – Damion Hill (2021 -Cage Fighting Xtreme), Zack Schroeder (2022 – Huff Entertainment) and Vilson Ndregioni (2022 – Cage Fury Fighting Championships).

Caolan Loughran (8-1) earnt his UFC debut after tearing up the Cage Warriors scene and got the call-up after four second-round knockouts in a row. He had a tough debut in the form of Taylor Lapilus (2023) who handed him the first loss of his career which was via unanimous decision.


Both fighters have a lot to prove as they search for their first UFC win. Pacheco pleaded for another opportunity after his loss at the Apex and that is exactly what he has, so he cannot afford a limp performance.

He is going to bring a fast pace and try and overwhelm Loughran on the feet with his volume. This should create an exciting scrap. Loughran is well-rounded despite trying to turn his last fight into a wrestling match.

He is a dangerous striker and we can see him feeling Pacheco out on the feet but ultimately, his wrestling is likely to win him this fight. We expect him to seal a couple rounds at least by grinding the American down.

Prediction: Loughran via Decision

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