Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman vs Bubba Jenkins as Brave CF’s 1st ever champ vs champ bout?

Brave Combat Federation is toying with the idea of having its first ever bout between two reigning champions. On May 29, 2019, the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion took to Instagram to post a photo pitting Bubba “Bad Man” Jenkins, 30, of the United States against Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines.

Reigning as the Brave CF Featherweight World Champion, Jenkins is looking to make history for the promotion as he aims a double title reign. He has set his eyes on Loman and has not been shy in pursuing the superfight.

Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Loman is the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight World Champion. Before Loman defended his belt successfully for the third time, Jenkins had already called out the Filipino hero and doubled down on his challenge recently.

After the Brave CF fans voiced their wishes for the fight to materialize on the promotion’s Instagram profile, Jenkins commented that he would be willing to step up. He asked the organization to “sign him up” and give him a time and a date for a superfight.

Jenkins became the Brave CF Featherweight World Champion by dominating Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France and Algeria in the co-main event of “Brave 16” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2018. The 2011 Division I All-American Champion used his world-class wrestling to stifled the French-Algerian fighter’s submission game en route to a unanimous decision victory and the fulfillment of his greatest dream, a world title in MMA.

Now, Jenkins wants a new belt and will look to derail Loman’s amazing title run. The Team Lakay fighter is undefeated under the Brave CF banner with five wins in as many bouts.

In Loman’s Brave CF debut, he defeated Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Ireland. The Filipino champ went on to grab the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight World Championship title against Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of Canada at “Brave 9” in 2017 and defended the throne twice in 2018 with a rematch against Mlambo and by outpointing world-class striker Felipe Efrain, 25, of Brazil.

Loman then passed his greatest test with flying colors by dominating and knocking out Boudegzdame, who went down a weight class to challenge for the bantamweight title. The Team Lakay fighter beat his French-Algerian challenger at “Brave 22” in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, here is a clip from the “Brave 22” bout between Loman and Boudegzdame:

‘Brave 22: Storm of Warriors’ delivers festival of finishes in the Philippines

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Based in Bahrain, mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation made a historic debut in the Philippines as the local fans cheered on one of their own in reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines. He dominated his main event bout  at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” against Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France and Algeria eventually landing a finishing blow to walk away with the technical knockout.

However, Loman’s was not the only finish on the stellar fight card of “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors,” which took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. Out of the nine bouts, six ended in finishes, an encouraging 66.6 percent rate of finishes to kick off 2019.

Aside from the champ’s KO, another Filipino finished his fight with his fists. Rolando Dy needed less than a round to knock out Pakistan’s Mehmosh Raza, who’s the owner of Brave’s fastest submission. Speaking of which, there were four tap-outs during the fight card.

 

The most exquisite one was a kneebar, locked in by Harold Banario, who made his Brave debut one to remember, with a decisive victory over Ariel Oliveros. Another rare move was used by Abdul Hussein. In his Flyweight preliminary bout against John Cris Corton, the Finnish standout locked in a ninja choke to make his opponent quit.

 

Brave Bantamweight contender Jeremy Pacatiw dominated his countryman Marc Alcoba throughout the first two rounds before attacking with an armbar to add yet another finish on his Brave resume.

 

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman to dedicate ‘Brave 22: Storm of Warriors’ fight to uncle who recently passed away

Stephen Loman (© Brave Combat Federation)
Stephen Loman (© Brave Combat Federation)

When Brave Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman takes to the stage to face Elias Boudegzdame this Friday, in the main event of Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, he will be fighting for more than the pride he feels for his country. He will fight to honor his family. Last week, one of Loman’s uncles passed away after falling victim of a hit and run incident, during the closing stages of his nephew’s grueling training camp for Brave 22.

Stephen Loman remains focused on the task ahead, but his teammates at Team Lakay can sense his sadness and have expressed their support, trying to make fight week easier for the champion, who successfully defended his belt twice before, and has represented the Philippines in different countries such as Bahrain and Northern Ireland.

“The Sniper” will dedicate the fight to his uncle, win or lose. He was one of Loman’s biggest supporters and was looking forward to watching his nephew rise to the occasion of representing the Philippines in the biggest global MMA stage once again, but this time as a member of the live audience. In order to appease his family’s grief, half of them have stayed behind in Baguio City, also to not distract Stephen and keep him focused on the tough task ahead.

Brave 22: Storm of Warriors marks the first time the biggest MMA promotion in the Middle East lands in the Philippines. The groundbreaking show will be headlined by Loman’s third title defense, against Elias Boudegzdame, and the co-main event will be a Lightweight bout between Ireland’s Cian Cowley and New Zealand’s John Brewin.

 

Bubba Jenkins: Stephen Loman will beat Elias Boudegzdame at ‘Brave 22: Storm of Warriors’

Bubba Jenkins (© Brave Combat Federation)
Bubba Jenkins (© Brave Combat Federation)

Featherweight world champion Bubba Jenkins is still enjoying the fruits of his labor after dethroning Elias Boudegzdame at last year’s Brave 16. However, he has an eye on this Friday’s Brave 22: Storm of Warriors. The show, which takes place in Manila, Philippines, will be headlined by Bantamweight titleholder Stephen Loman defending his belt against his old foe Boudegzdame.

 

Jenkins says he’s excited about the matchup and claims he expects a much-improved Elias Boudegzdame from their encounter in Abu Dhabi. However, he’s putting his money on the champion successfully defending his title for the third time on fight night.

 

“I truly believe Elias has learned a lot. Stephen and I are very different fighters, but I bet he’s had a very smart training camp. He’s a true champion and I’m sure he will put on a great fight. But I have so much respect for Loman. He’s very comfortable in this weight class, he’s very comfortable as the champion. I don’t see Elias beating Stephen in Loman’s own home country and in his own weight class”, says Bubba.

 

As he has no trouble making the 145lbs (65,9 kg) limit of the Featherweight division, Jenkins is also looking for new challenges. And he guarantees a drop to Bantamweight in case Elias beats Stephen Loman at Brave 22.

 

“I mean, I want Stephen Loman to win. I think he will win. But if Elias somehow beats Loman, then “Bubba J” is going to have two Brave belts. If Elias wins, I’ll drop down to Bantamweight to challenge him and become Brave’s first champ-champ”, promises Jenkins.

 

Brave 22: Storm of Warriors marks the first time the biggest MMA promotion in the Middle East will land in the Philippines. In addition to a main event for the ages, the organization has also matched up two of the biggest prospects at Lightweight, as Cian Cowley meets John Brewin in the co-headliner.