Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation has released the full video of the rematch between Stephen “The Sniper” Loman of Baguio City, Philippines and Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo of Dublin, Ireland. The rematch was the main event of “Brave 13: Europe Evolution,” which featured 12 bouts in total.
After five five-minute rounds, Loman, who is 23 years old, successfully defended his title as the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion from Mlambo. This made him the youngest champion in Brave CF to defend his championship.
On Mlambo’s corner was former Ultimate Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. The two are teammates at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Ireland of Dublin.
On Loman’s corner is former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario. They are both representing Team Lakay of Baguio City.
“Brave 13: Europe Evolution” was the first event of Brave CF in Europe. It took place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 9, 2018.
The rematch with Mlambo was the third bout of Loman in Brave CF. The two made their promotional debut on September 23, 2016 at “Brave 1: The Beginning,” the inaugural event of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.
At “Brave 1: The Beginning,” Mlambo lost to Loman via unanimous decision. When the Team Lakay fighter returned to the Brave CF cage on November 17, 2017 at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions,” he became the Brave CF Bantamweight Champion by knocking out Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat of Canada via punches in the first round.
Loman’s fellow Team Lakay warriors Crisanto Pitpitunge, Jeremy Pacatiw and Jomar Pa-ac are also signed with Brave CF. Their team is led by its head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao.
On the other hand, Mlambo is a 2015 International Mixed Martial Arts (IMMAF) World Championships gold medalist. He is the first vegan fighter to secure a gold medal in the IMMAF World Championships and the first to achieve a title fight opportunity in Brave CF’s bantamweight division.
The main event of “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” was noted for the absence of thrash talks or show off of aggression prior to the bout. Both Loman and Mlambo showed respect for each other even after the former was declared the winner in the cage.
The victory of the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion was witnessed live at the SSE Arena by his mother Naty Nabehet Loman. Watch the bout between Stephen and Mlambo at “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” here: