Stephen Loman of Team Lakay aims for a lasting impression in Brave CF 1

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When Brave Combat Federation gave Stephen Loman the opportunity to fight in Bahrain, the young bantamweight didn’t think twice.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]M[/mks_dropcap]aking his first fight outside the Philippines, Stephen Loman says he’s excited to represent not only his team but also his country.
“Noong sinabi ni Coach Mark na maghanda ako at lalaban ako sa Brave, ginrab ko yung opportunity agad,” Loman tells Dojo Drifter.

“Ang pakirmdam ko naman na lalaban outside Asia ay namo-motivate ako na hasahin ang aking mga skills at magtrain ng husto kasi i-rerepresent ko ang aking team at pati na rin ang bandila ng Pilipinas.”

Loman currently holds an MMA record of 5-1. He’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ernie Braca last April in PXC 53. He will be competing against former IMMAF champion Frans Mlambo who, according to Loman, is a tough nut to crack owing to the Straight Blast Gym fighter’s length and versatility.

But “The Kid” from the Cordilleras remains confident that he will be able to go toe-to-toe with Mlambo. He plans to bank on his speed and ground game against his opponent.

“Nang malaman ko na si Frans Mlambo ang aking makakalaban, nalaman ko na matangkad pala siya kaya ang gameplan ko is to strike in, out, move side-to-side or i-takedown at sa ground ko sya kukunin at execute ang mga techniques ko sa grappling.”

Loman adds, “At nakikita ko din na bilang fighter ay maganda ang boxing nya at siya ay delikado na striker pero ang gagawin ko ay counter at i-execute ko at mag stick sa aking gameplan.”

Being one of the two Pinoys competing in the promotion’s inaugural event along with veteran Jessie Rafols, Loman wants nothing but a victory to build a lasting impression and at the same time, make the country proud.

“Ang ma-eexpect sakin ng mga fans bilang Pinoy ay hindi sumusuko sa laban kaya laban natin to lahat para sa bayan.”

Mike Miguel

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