Stephen Loman Set For Clash With Ex-Champ Bibiano Fernandes In November

Fourth-ranked bantamweight contender Stephen “The Sniper” Loman is ready to take the next leap in his mixed martial arts career when he returns to the ONE Championship Circle next month.

The Team Lakay star faces his toughest challenge yet as he takes on former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in one of the key matches at ONE Fight Night 4: Abbasov vs. Lee on 19 November from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Loman has been on a tear in The Home of Martial Arts as he knocked out Yusup Saadulaev in his debut, before outlasting the tough Shoko Sato for his next outing.

Now he gets the biggest chance to show that he’s got next for the ONE Bantamweight World Title which will be competed between champion John Lineker and Fabricio Andrade at ONE Fight Night 3.

“I’m so happy for this opportunity. Now the people will get to see the results of all the hardwork and training that I’ve done. I’m truly excited for this bout,” Loman said.

“Bibiano’s one of the top contenders still in the division so a win here and I could be next in line for the title.”

While Loman has been on a roll as of late, Fernandes looks to prove that he’s still got it specially since he’s coming off a devastating knockout loss to Lineker just a few months ago.

The longtime divisional king plans to prove that he’s still among the top stars in the division, and Loman’s camp isn’t looking past what he brings to the table.

“He could be really motivated coming from that loss against Lineker. It’s either he’s frustrated or motivated. We’ll see,” Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao said.

“We all know Bibiano hasn’t experienced defeat in a long time. Of course that loss will certainly serve as a big lesson for him, either way, we’re preparing for him to the best that we can.”

The bantamweight stars will be in what is shaping up to be another awesome card bannered by the champion versus champion double-header where Kiamrian Abbasov defends his ONE Welterweight World Title against ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.

ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon will also be in action that night as he defends his strap against ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Joseph Lasiri.

Meanwhile, catch ONE Fight Night 3: Lineker vs. Andrade this Saturday, 22 October. The lead card will be broadcast live on One Sports+ at 8 a.m while the main card will follow on One Sports+ at 10 a.m. PHT. Also, One Sports will air a delayed showing at 10:30 p.m. PHT.

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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