All those countless hours of hard work inside the Team Lakay gym in Baguio City has guided Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman numerous times to success.
Last Saturday, November 23, the 24-year-old Baguio City native continued his dominance inside the BRAVE CF cage after scoring a unanimous decision win over Louie “Leonidas” Sanoudakis of Canada in the main event of BRAVE CF 30 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India.
This was Loman’s six-straight win under the Bahrain-based organization banner and his second victory this year after successfully defending his crown last March at BRAVE CF 22 in Manila.
The impressive win against Sanoudakis didn’t come easy. But for Loman, his discipline and incredible mindset led him to victory.
“I am very happy that I successfully defended my World Title and was able to give pride and honor to my country once again,” said Loman.
“Sanoudakis was a brave warrior. He was very tough and his excellent timing also gave me problems that night but my non-stop training back in the mountains has paid off, as well my determination to succeed to bring home the title back in the Philippines,” he added.
It was Loman’s excellent stand-up game for 25 minutes that carried him to victory, while Sanoudakis also had some moments on the fight, the Canadian challenger simply didn’t have an answer for Loman’s quickness.
“I have a lot of respect for Sanoudakis. I was trying to get my range early on to set up my combinations but he was able to read what I’m planning to do next that’s why I started throwing some leg kicks then start to mix up things from there,” Loman shared.
“Again he was a tough challenger, he was also on a southpaw stance which also surprised me that night, but despite that, I just need to focus, concentrate and stick to the game plan. I’m very happy I was able to secure the win.”
With the victory, Loman has extended his time as the longest-reigning BRAVE Combat Federation world champion as he defended his world title for the fourth consecutive time. It was a great achievement for the Filipino star that pushes him to be a more complete mixed martial artist.
“I’m very happy to hold the record for most title defense here in Brave. This win is for my family, team, and everyone who supports me in this journey. I must admit every win gives me more reason to improve, just like what I’ve said before I am very determined to succeed in this sport,” said Loman.
“I’m also happy to end our November campaign with a win. This match against Sanoudakis gave me a lot of pointers in my game that I need to work on and I assure everyone that they will see a more improved Stephen Loman the next time I step inside the Brave Combat Federation stage,” he ended.