Brave Combat Federation’s Stephen Loman is set to defend his bantamweight world championship in his home country.
“The Sniper” will be the main event of Brave 22, which takes place at The Mall of Asia Arena, in Manila, Philippines, on March 15th. His opponent will be announced in the coming weeks.
Loman is the longest-reigning Brave champion after winning his belt at Brave 9 back in November of 2017. Since then, the Filipino hero has made history by becoming the first-ever Brave CF titleholder to defend his crown on two occasions.
In June of last year, he went to Northern Ireland to face top contender Frans Mlambo and dominated his rival throughout five rounds to win a unanimous decision, beating Mlambo in front of his teammate Conor McGregor.
Five months later at Brave 18, he once again dominated his foe, out-striking Brazil’s Felipe Efrain in the co-main event to receive his third belt.
It was a night to remember for Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady as he became Brave’s undisputed lightweight champion after an injury forced Lucas “Mineiro” to tap out during the first round of their Brave 18 main event.
“The Pride of Palestine” was on point with his striking, heavy pressure and persistent straight punches. When the Jordanian phenom closed the distance and got a takedown, Mineiro’s knee gave out and he was forced to tap out, relinquishing his interim title in the process.
In the co-main event, Stephen Loman was able to nullify the challenger Felipe Efrain’s offence throughout a tense five-round battle, maintaining his bantamweight crown and becoming the first-ever Brave champion to successfully defend his belt twice.
The flyweight title bout was another five-round battle, as Marcel Adur had good moments to close the show and become the first-ever divisional champion. In the end, he had to settle for a decision loss against Velimurad Alkhasov. Since the Russian powerhouse didn’t make weight, the belt remains vacant and both men will most likely rematch in the near future.
Elsewhere, there were landmark TKO wins for Bahrain’s Hussain Ayyad and McGregor teammate, Cian Cowley, as they dominated Mohamed Abo Ali and Hardeep Rai, respectively, finishing them in the first round.
In the main card opening bout, Luan “Miau” Santiago returned to the Brave cage with a flawless and tactical victory, as the one-time title challenger outpointed a tough and resilient Djamil Chan to get back to winning ways for Brave.
The full Brave 18/WFCA 54 full results are as follows:
- Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady def. Lucas Martins via TKO (referee stoppage) in R1
- Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Felipe Efrain via unanimous decision
- Flyweight: Velimurad Alkhasov def. Marcel Adur via unanimous decision
- Flyweight: Hussain Ayyad def. Mohamed Abo Ali via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Catchweight (74 kg): Luan Santiago def. Djamil Chan via unanimous decision
- Catchweight (73 kg): Cian Cowley def. Hardeep Rai via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev def. Marko Kisic via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Bantamweight: Rakhman Dudaev def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision
- Featherweight: Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Rob Emerson via sub (arm-triangle) in R2
- Featherweight: Akhmed Shervaniev def. Antonio Carlos Ribeiro via unanimous decision
- Welterweight: Goity Dazaev def. Vasily Kurochkin via TKO (strikes) in R3
- Featherweight: Anzor Abdulkhozjaev def. Nikolay Kondratuk via TKO (strikes) in R1
Frans Mlambo continued his impressive form for Brave Combat Federation with an impressive yet somewhat controversial TKO win over Felipe Efraim. Now, he has his eyes on a rematch with reigning Brave CF bantamweight champion Stephen Loman.
The South African prodigy who is training at Straight Blast Gym Ireland, shocked the audience at Jordan during Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises when he dropped Felipe Efrain from Chute Boxe, Brazil during the first round of the bout. Though the fight ended in a controversial early stoppage, Mlambo dominated the fight from bell to bell, raining punches down on Efrain.
“I had clearly dropped Efrain for the first time, while my corner advised me to let him rise so that I can finish clean and safe by a uppercut while his guard was still down. So despite the controversy, the result will not be altered. That day as promised, the world witnessed a different Frans Mlambo. I aim to go for the Bantamweight title of the promotion in a rematch against Stephen Loman. I am respectful towards him and towards his team, it will be a great fight. Once I win the championship I am ready to take up the challenge requested by Felipe Efrain.” said Mlambo.
Responding to Mlambo, Loman posted congratulating Mlambo and accepting the chance to face him at Brave Combat Federation. The fighters last met in Brave’s inaugural event, Brave 1 : Bahrain in September 2016. On that occasion, Loman emerged with the unanimous decision victory and went on to claim the bantamweight crown at Brave 9 : The Kingdom of Champions with a TKO win over defending champion Gurdarshan Mangat.
With the bantamweight division of Brave Combat Federation diversifying quickly, a multitude of fighters are pushing to claim the bantamweight throne in one of the most dynamic divisions in the promotion.