Among the teams to be represented at “Brave 18” are Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines and Chute Boxe of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Recently, the two teams had a great encounter in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Held simultaneously with “WFCA 54” of World Fighting Championship Akhmat, “Brave 18” will be held by Brave Combat Federation at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town in the Kingdom of Bahrain on November 16, 2018. On the main card, Chute Boxe’s Felipe Efrain, 24, will challenge Team Lakay’s Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion.
Before the “Brave 18” fight night, Efrain and Loman trained in the same gym. The Brazilian challenger was with his training partner Daniel “Willycat” Santos and Chute Boxe head coach Diego Lima when he met the Filipino defending champion who was with his father Roldan Luis Loman and Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao.
Team Lakay and Chute Boxe showed mutual respect during the encounter. Efrain, Santos, Lima, Stephen, Roldan and Sangiao even posed for a photograph.
“Martial arts is about respect,” Lima stated. “Just because two people compete doesn’t mean they need to hate each other.”
“With this gesture we showcase to the world how martial arts can change the world and connect fighters to a greater cause,” the Chute Boxe fighter added. “We will give our fans a fight to remember and wish our opponent and his team to be at their best.”
Efrain has been competing professionally since 2013. “Brave 18” marks his fifth Brave CF bout.
In Efrain’s most recent bout, which was at “Brave 14” on August 18, 2018, he knocked out Arnold “Silverback” Quero, 31, of France. This improved the Brazilian fighter’s professional MMA record to 13 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, Stephen is holding a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses. He is riding a five-bout winning streak.
On November 17, 2017, Stephen became the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight Champion by knocking out Gurdarshan Mangat at “Brave 9.” On June 9, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter successfully defended the title for the first time by defeating Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 28, of Ireland in their rematch via unanimous decision.
Here is a clip featuring Loman: