On Saturday at PXC 56, Stephen Loman aims to join Team Lakay’s exclusive club of champions.
Challenging Trevin Jones for the 135-pound belt in Guam, the 20-year old Loman is excited about receiving his first title shot. He has been waiting for the opportunity to compete for the belt since turning pro in 2012.
“Masaya po ako dahil may opportunity ako na lumaban sa belt.” Loman said in an interview with Dojo Drifter. “Ang laban na ito ay importante sa akin dahil dito nadevelop ang pag-iisip ko na bilang araw din ay maging isang champion ako.”
“Importante din ang laban na to para sa aking team dahil lahat ng aming pinagpaguran ay may kapalit. Win or lose we always learn and improve kung ano man ang kulang.”
Loman first made a name in Baguio’s MMA circuit before joining Pacific Xtreme Combat in 2016. Unfortunately, his Terrordome debut was the least he wanted. Absorbing a 12-second TKO loss to veteran Rex de Lara.
According to “The Sniper”, that loss taught him a valuable lesson which he have used to defeat the likes of IMAAF champ Frans Mlambo in Bahrain. In addition to Ernie Braca and Mark Abelardo, leading to his title shot.
“Sa pagka-knockout ko kay Rex de Lara, natutunan ko na wag masyadong over confidence sa laban dahil hindi natin alam kung ano ang mangyayari lalo na dito sa sports na ito” He said.
Like every member in Team Lakay, Loman says Folayang serves as a huge inspiration for him as a fighter. Not only the 32-year old champion overcame challenges early in his career, “Landslide” defied the odds to claim the ONE Championship belt, solidifying his status as one of the region’s best lightweights.
Stephen finds similarities with his Kuya Eduard’s career. He wants to emulate the elder Lakay’s resilience and create a name for himself by winning the PXC title.
“Nabigyan po ako ng motivation sa pagkapanalo ni kuya Edward bilang isang champion at naisip ko din na mag ensayo pa ng husto para maging katulad niya balang araw.”