Friday August 17, 2018

Loman defends belt, sets rematch with Mlambo

BAGIO. Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman is set to defend his Brave Combat Federation bantamweight title against Frans Mlambo on June 9 at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Milo Brioso)

AFTER winning the bantamweight title in November last year against Guardashan Mangat, the Igorot mixed martial arts champion Stephen Loman hopes to extend his winning streak at the Brave Combat Federation against a foe he has beaten earlier.

The Team Lakay fighter is set for a rematch with Frans Mlambo in the main event of Brave 13 on June 9 at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Both fighters have earlier battled each other in September 2016 with Loman taking home a unanimous decision victory against the Irish challenger.

He is riding high on a four-fight winning streak since April 2016 including a three round unanimous decision against Mlambo in September 2016 for a 9-2 win, loss record including three knock outs and two submissions.

Loman in an earlier interview with SunStar Baguio said he has been raring to defend his title and has been joining his fellow Team Lakay fighters in training and crafting their game plan against Mlambo who has also won three straight bouts since losing to the former University of the Cordilleras student.

“I’m raring to get back into action and defend my title,” said the softspoken Loman who became the first Asian to win a belt in The Middle East promotions.

In the co-main event, Norman Parke will face Myles Price in the lightweight division, according to Brave Combat Federation.

Parke is a former UFC fighter, and has also seen action in Absolute Championship Berkut, KSW, and Bamma. He is a black belter in judo and a national champion in Northern Ireland in both freestyle wrestling and judo.

Price, fighting out of Team Ryano has 15 fights in his career with nine wins and has not suffered a knockout and will be making his debut in Brave CF. (Roderick Osis)