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Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman accepts Frans Mlambo’s rematch challenge

Frans Mlambo, Stephen Loman (Facebook/Brave Combat Federation)

Frans Mlambo, Stephen Loman (Facebook/Brave Combat Federation)

Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 22, has responded to the statement from Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, challenging for a rematch for the bantamweight championship of Brave Combat Federation. From the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, the former is the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion.

On the other hand, Mlambo is a former  International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) gold medalist. He trains at Straight Blast Gym Ireland in his hometown Dublin, Ireland under 2017 World MMA Awards Coach of the Year John Kavanagh, 41.

Recently, Mlambo won the bantamweight fight against his Brazilian opponent Felipe Efrain, 24, at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises,” which was hosted at Amman, Jordan. In the press conference for the event, Mlambo expressed his ambitions and announced that he would be looking forward to fighting the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion.

Loman faced Mlambo in the inaugural fight of the promotion titled “Brave: The Beginning,” which was hosted in the promotion’s home country Bahrain. Outwrestling Mlambo, Loman won the fight by unanimous decision.

With a rematch with Loman, Mlambo aims to avenge his first loss in the promotion and claim the championship title from the Team Lakay sensation. True to the standards of Team Lakay respecting the opponent, Loman responded graciously by first congratulating Mlambo before accepting the challenge to face him in the Brave CF cage again.

The Team Lakay fighter stood out as one of the iconic champions of the promotion representing Philippines. Currently, he has 9 wins in his professional career with a 4-fight winning streak.

In Loman’s most recent fight at the Brave CF, he defeated his Canadian opponent Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, 31, who trains at Tristar Gym, Toronto, which is also home to former UFC Middleweight Champion Georges “GSP” St-Pierre, 36. The victory propelled Loman to the status of an emerging youth icon.

A student of the University of Cordilleras, Loman received the Super Athlete of the Year trophy at the Kafagway International Sports Luminary Awards (KISLA) for his achievement as a mixed martial artist. Watch his bout against Mlambo in 2016 here:

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