Stephen Loman will defend his bantamweight championship against Felipe Efrain from Brazil. The bout marks the clash between two of the best fighters in the division. Stephen Loman who is trained by the veteran coach, Mark Sangiao will represent the iconic Team Lakay from Philippines against Chute Boxe Diego Lima which is among the top MMA gyms in Brazil.
Loman has showcased his strength in striking and wrestling during his career at Brave Combat Federation. Meanwhile Felipe Efrain, made his way to become the top contender for the title after scoring a mind blowing knockout win against Arnold Quero during Brave 14 hosted in Tangier, Morocco. Efrain has three promotional wins in Brave Combat Federation having lost only to Frans Mlambo via knockout during Brave 10 hosted in Amman, Jordan. Efrain is also the winner of 2017 Knockout of the Year.
The bout marks the first time, Team Lakay is competing against the MMA gym from Brazil. The previous time when a Team Lakay fighter competed against a Brazilian athlete was during Brave 8 when Jeremy Pacatiw faced Thiago Dela Coleta from Striker’s House MMA, Brazil. Pacatiw won the bout by stoppage due to a body shot that forced Thiago to discontinue.
Team Lakay had showcased dominance in Brave Combat Federation during the previous editions with wins over fighters from SBG Ireland, Team Xtreme Couture, KHK MMA, Team Fight Fortress, Tristar Gym and Team Relentless to name a few.
Brave 18 takes place in Bahrain, in the same arena where Loman was crowned as the champion of Brave Combat Federation. Bahrain also hosts a sizeable expat community from Philippines who had actively supported Loman and Team Lakay. The bout will take place on 16th November at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain.