Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, is taking his “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” challenger Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France very seriously. In an exclusive interview at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines on February 18, 2018, I asked the reigning Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion about his preparations for the upcoming bout.
“I describe him as a very (good) BJJ specialist,” Loman said of Boudegzdame. “A lot of his veteran opponents were submitted by his triangle chokes. He’s very good in his… he’s very confident in his submission game plan.”
Acknowledging Boudegzdame’s topnotch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, Loman added extra flavors to his preparations. Aside from training at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, he sought the help of judoka John Baylon, 53, and veteran mixed martial artist Dave “Scarecrow” Galera, 40.
Baylon is a Judo black belt who represented the Philippines in the Olympics twice. Galera was the first home-grown Filipino MMA fighter to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Training with Baylon and Galera made Loman even more confident than he already was to face Boudegzdame at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” After spending days in Manila to train and promote the fight, the Team Lakay fighter went back to Baguio City to continue his training.
“All I have to do is to focus still on my conditioning, all the game plan and work through my striking, my wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu, my offense and defense, everything,” Loman told me. “I’m prepared. I will be ready for the fight (on) March 15.”
Featuring nine MMA matches, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” is the first ever Brave CF event to be held in the Philippines. Including Loman, the fight card has 11 Filipino fighters, five of whom are training out of Team Lakay.
Watch my full interview with Loman here: