Stephen Loman, 24, has joined Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship. Training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, he left BRAVE Combat Federation earlier this year, ending his reign as the featherweight world champion of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion and his record as its longest reigning champion.
“Stephen Loman is one of the best fighters in the Philippines,” Team Lakay founder Mark Sangiao said. “His all-around skills will be on full display in ONE Championship. I spoke to Stephen and he’s highly motivated right now.”
“He can’t wait to get in the circle and put on a show,” Sangiao said of Loman. “Of course, I’ll be there for him as well as all of his teammates at Team Lakay every step of the way.”
Loman captured the BRAVE CF title with a victory over Canadian-Indian Gurdarshan “St. Lion” Mangat in 2017. He has since defended the belt successfully on multiple occasions, headlining various events while emerging as arguably the Bahrain-based MMA promotion’s biggest star.
“It’s an overwhelming opportunity but I’m excited to join my Team Lakay brothers in the biggest martial arts organization in the world,” Loman said. “I’m excited to enhance my skills on this platform and showcase my style to millions of viewers across the globe. Of course, fighting in a new promotion and a new environment will be a challenge, but it’s one I’m more than willing to face. I’m ready to show ONE Championship fans the best of Stephen Loman.”
Team Lakay has established a commanding presence in ONE Championship, with former World Champions Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio leading the charge.
It has not been confirmed if Loman is joining ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. Details of his promotional have also yet to be announced but it is expected to happen in 2021.