March 3, 2024

Newly-signed ONE Championship fighter Stephen Loman has admitted his first opponent in Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion is one of the best in the business.
The 24-year-old Loman will be making his ONE debut in Singapore on April 28 against former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter John Lineker, 31, of the United States.
The April 28 stacked cards featuring the much-awaited trilogy between ONE middleweight world champion Aung La Nsang and former champion Vitaly Bigdash in the main event will be aired in U.S. primetime television.
Fighting Lineker could be the toughest test yet for Loman, as the American fighter is the only fighter in ONE to stop two-time ONE bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon by technical knockout via punches.
Lineker currently ranks number one title contender in the bantamweight division after defeating Belingon, who had stopped some of the best fighters in the world.
“I’m taking on a very dangerous man who is the top-ranked fighter in the division now. It’s not an easy fight, by any means, Lineker has a lot of power,” Loman said of his American opponent.
Lineker’s camp is yet to release a statement on the upcoming match, but he could be aware that Loman was the longest champion of Brave Combat Federation for more than 1,000 days before he signed with ONE.
Earlier, Team Lakay Chair Mark Sangiao said Loman’s upcoming bout with Lineker could mean a lot to the Igorot fighter, who is rearing to secure another belt after his reign with Brave CF.
Sangiao was also quoted as saying he saw the vast improvement in Loman over the past years reason why he defended the Brave CF bantamweight belt for the longest time. – Harley F. Palangchao