For reigning Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France is still a champion. The French fighter, who is of Algerian descent, is a former Brave CF Featherweight Champion.
On March 15, 2019, Brave CF will hold “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, marking the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion’s first ever event in the country. In the main event, Boudegzdame will challenge Loman.
“He’s still a champion in my eyes,” Loman said of Boudegzdame. “He fought and beat some of the top guys at his previous division. He’s not an easy fighter to deal with because he has a good striking game and his Jiu-Jitsu is top class.”
Loman looks to extend his record as the most dominant champion in promotional history against Boudegzdame. After going through a who’s who of the division away from home, the Team Lakay fighter is excited to put on a show in front of his own fans.
Having fought in Bahrain and having traveled to Northern Ireland to face local favorite Frans Mlambo, Loman feels an opportunity to fight at home is overdue. The Team Lakay fighter wants to make sure the entire world knows the warrior mindset of the Filipino people.
After forging a strong connection with Brave CF fans around the world, Loman is thankful that the largest MMA promotion in Middle East is providing a platform for him to shine. He said, “I am very happy that Brave is finally coming to the Philippines.”
“I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans here and around the world since the fight is going to be available all over,” Loman continued. “I am very happy about that as I have proudly represented my country in other areas and I will fight now in front of my fans. I’m really thankful for Brave because they focus on us, the fighters and I’ve been able to represent my country in other places because of that.”
However, Loman’s homecoming will not be complete unless he can beat Boudegzdame, who’s coming down to his natural weight class after losing his featherweight crown to American top wrestler Bubba Jenkins. The Filipino hero admits his opponent will be a tough match-up for him since they are both known for their grappling prowess.
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