Brave Combat Federation will have its first event in the Philippines in 2019. Both representing Team Lakay and fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines, Igorot mixed martial artists Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, and Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 22, are expected to be on the card.
During the “Brave 18” open workouts in Bahrain, Ambassador of Philippines to Bahrain, His Excellency Alfonso A. Ver welcomed the initiative by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa to have the first Brave CF event in the Philippines. The project was much debated and was in place considering the presence of Filipino athletes in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.
Reigning as the Brave CF Bantamweight Champion, Loman is the youngest reigning champion of Brave CF. He is the first ever champion of the promotion to have successfully defended his title twice.
The call to host an event in the Philippines was solidified after the historic world championship title defense by Loman at “Brave 18.” The Team Lakay fighter defeated Felipe Efrain of Brazil in a five-round bout to retain the Brave CF Bantamweight Championship title and was crowned by reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia.
Brave CF had been hinting expansion of operation to the Philippines over a period of time. The initiative will mark the expansion phase of the two-year-old MMA brand, which is backed by the royal family of Bahrain, and will set its Southeast Asian branch.
Loman is likely to defend his title in the main event while Pacatiw is expected to co-headline in the inaugural Philippine event of Brave CF during the first half of 2019. The latter the fighter with most number of fights in the promotion.
As one of the leading MMA organizations in Asia, Brave CF has declared that there is no cap for the limit of the capital for the initiative compared to other organizations that rely on funds acquired from time to time. According to the promotion, it is set for global domination and to create a global eco-system for the sport of MMA.
Meanwhile, here is a short clip featuring Loman: