Brave Combat Federation has hinted that the reigning bantamweight world champion, Stephen Loman will defend his title in the edition that will be hosted in the Philippines in 2019. Loman made his second world championship title defence in the Kingdom of Bahrain at Brave 18 during the Brave International Combat Week 2018. Loman faced Felipe Efrain from Brazil in a bout which he dominated to retain the world championship title. It was in the same arena in Khalifa Sports City that Stephen Loman had won the title after knocking out Gurdarshan Mangat in the very first round of the co-main event of Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.
The world champion from Philippines was congratulated by the Ambassador of Philippines to Bahrain, His Excellency Alfonso Ver who also welcomed the initiative by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa to host Brave Combat Federation in Philippines. Brave Combat Federation have not revealed the opponent for Loman as of yet. However has hinted that Loman will become the first fighter from Philippines to headline the main event of an edition by the promotion.
Currently Loman is the youngest fighter to be crowned as the world champion in the Bahrain based global mixed martial arts organisation. He also became the first fighter from Philippines to defend the world championship in the United Kingdom when he faced the 2015 IMMAF Gold Medalist and SBG Ireland fighter, Frans Mlambo during Brave 13 hosted in Belfast. Brave Combat Federation will host the event in Philippines during the first half of 2019.
The event is projected to feature the biggest names in MMA from Philippines including Jeremy Pacatiw and fighter from Team Lakay. Brave Combat Federation had been hinting expansion of operation to Philippines over a period of time. The initiative from Brave Combat Federation will mark the expansion phase of the brand into South East Asia. Previously Brave Combat Federation has ventured into Indonesia to host Brave 12.