Igorot mixed martial arts star Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, has been applauded in various countries as the reigning BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion. But to be honored in his very own residence, Baguio City, Philippines, must be extra special.
With four successful title defenses, Loman is BRAVE CF’s longest reigning champion. fourth successful title defense was on November 30, 2019 at “BRAVE CF 30″ at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India where he defeated his challenger Louie “Leonidas” Sanoudakis, 30, of Canada via unanimous decision.
As one of the biggest sports heroes in the Philippines today, Loman received a resolution of congratulations, which was written by Baguio City Councilor Arthur Allad-iw. It was then adopted by the entire Baguio City Council.
Loman is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. In the resolution, Allad-iw said, “Loman is from the well-known team worldwide, Team Lakay, and is an inspiration to all athletes and brought prestige and honor to the City of Baguio, to the Cordillera Region, and the country as a whole.”
On March 15, 2019, BRAVE CF made its Philippine debut with “BRAVE 22: Storm of Warriors,” which was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the main event, Loman successfully defended his belt from former Brave CF Featherweight Champion Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France.
On November 17, 2017, Loman became the inaugural BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Champion by defeating Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, at “BRAVE 9: The Kingdom of Champions” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain. The Team Lakay representative successfully defended his title from Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 28, of Ireland at “Brave 13: European Evolution” in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 9, 2018 and from Felipe Efrain, 24, of Brazil at “BRAVE CF 18” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena on November 16, 2018.
Now, Loman hopes to fight again in the Philippines in order to further extend his title defenses record in 2020. While the Igorot MMA fighter has been able to maintain his title in four defenses, no other BRAVE CF world champion has gone past the one defense mark.