Stephen Loman looks to break Team Lakay's title skid

Santino Honasan on Mar 15, 2019 11:38 AM
Stephen Loman looks to break Team Lakay's title skid
"Isang motivation din, may kaunting pressure, para sa next fight, hindi ko na gagawin yung mga mistakes, parang learning."

When it comes to world championship defenses, it can be argued that Team Lakay bantamweight Stephen "The Sniper" Loman is the most successful. 

Since winning the Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight World Championship back in 2017, the 27-year old Loman has managed to defend the title twice, one better than Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and Geje Eustaquio. 

Now, Loman looks to complete a third-successful defense when he meets former featherweight champion Elias "Smile" Boudegzdame in the main event of Brave's maiden card in Manila, Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Aside from making it three successfull title defenses, Loman is also hoping to finally snap Team Lakay's unlucky run with world championship defenses in 2019. 

After finishing 2018 with a remarkable five world champions in their stable, the first month of 2019 did not prove to be as favorable, after Joshua Pacio lost his ONE Strawweight World Championship to Yosuke Saruta back in late January, and then Eustaquio would suffer the same fate and drop the ONE Flyweight World Championship to long-time rival Adriano Moraes just six days later. 

Loman becomes the third Lakay to put his title on the line, and hopes to break the trend dropping the title. 

"Bad start nga ‘tong year na ‘to dahil yung dalawang belt, na-take away na," Loman told ABS-CBN Sports. Ang sa akin lang, pinu-push ko yung aking makakaya because every fight, ibang fighter yung fine-face ko, kaya pinag-hahandaan ko ng mabuti lahat ng aking mga kalaban."

Loman adds that the mistakes of the past have served as a motivation to do better in the future, but with it comes the pressure as well. 

"Isang motivation din, may kaunting pressure, para sa next fight, hindi ko na gagawin yung mga mistakes, parang learning."

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao adds that following the two title losses, the Baguio-based MMA stable had a team meeting, and the main message that came out was that Pacio and Eustaquio's losses must need to serve as motivation for the stable's remaining champions to hold on to their belts. 

"Nag-usap-usap kami, and dapat ito, maging motivation sa kanila na manalo, kasi nawala yung dalawa, and dapat gawin nilang motivation yun para hindi makuha sa kanila yung mga belt nila."

A win for Loman on Friday night could also help break the negative energy and set the tone for Team Lakay's next two champions to defend their belts in Folayang and Belingon, who will both be looking to remain champion at ONE Championship's upcoming card in Japan on March 31st. 

After that, the boys from Baguio will also get the chance to regain one of the belts they lost, as Pacio will be rematching Saruta in Manila on April 12th. 

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