February 3, 2023

Fourth-ranked bantamweight contender Stephen Loman is ready to take the next leap in his mixed martial arts career when he returns to the ONE Championship circle next month. 

Loman is set to face his toughest challenge yet as he takes on former ONE bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes in one of the key matches at ONE Fight Night 4 on Nov. 19 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE — Rising ONE bantamweight world title challenger Stephen Loman of Team Lakay is set to face long-time former world champion Bibiano Fernandes in one of the main cards of ONE Fight Night 4 set at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 19. — ONE photo

The Cordillera fighter has been on a tear in ONE, as he knocked out Yusup Saadulaev in his debut, before outlasting the tough Shoko Sato for his next outing. Now he gets the biggest chance to show that he’s got next for the ONE bantamweight world title which will be competed between champion John Lineker and Fabricio Andrade at ONE Fight Night 3. 

“I’m so happy for this opportunity. Now the people will get to see the results of all the hardwork and training that I’ve done. I’m truly excited for this bout,” Loman said. 

“Bibiano is still one of the top contenders in the division so a win here and I could be next in line for the title,” he added.

While Loman has been on a roll as of late, Fernandes looks to prove that he’s still got it especially since he is coming off a devastating knockout loss to Lineker just a few months ago. 

The longtime divisional king plans to prove that he’s still among the top stars in the division, and Loman’s camp is not looking past what he brings to the table. 

“We all know Bibiano has not experienced defeat in a long time. Of course that loss will certainly serve as a big lesson for him. Either way, we’re preparing for him to the best that we can,” Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao said. – Harley F. Palangchao