January 31, 2023

Brave Combat Federation’s longest reigning world champion Stephen Loman might lead Filipino fighters when the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion makes its inaugural promotion in Russia.

The 25-year-old Loman, who completed 1,000 days as a reigning world champion in August, remains active in his training to be ready when Brave calls him to defend his title anytime, anywhere.

Brave CF President Mohammed Shahid recently said he believes Loman can take MMA to new heights in the Philippines, saying the latter is one of the biggest Filipino combat athletes.

“People say we gave him the opportunity, but it’s actually the opposite. He gave us the honor of fighting in our organization,” Shahid said.

“I was sad that not a lot of Filipinos knew him, but now I’m the happiest man because the country found a new hero, a fighter who proudly represents the country.”

Brave CF is the only MMA promotion in the world to put up 50 events and visited 20 countries in a short span of time since it was established in September 2016.

Brave CF is headed to Sochi, Russia on Jan. 16, 2021 and aside from Loman, it may bring along other Filipino talents in Jeremy Pacatiw, Harold Banario, Jomar Pa-ac, and Rolando Dy.

Pacatiw holds the record of most bouts under the Brave CF and also holds exciting victories over the likes of Thiago Dela Coleta, Keith Lee, Uloomi Karim, and compatriot Mark Alcoba.

The Kapangan, Benguet native has already fought in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, Brazil, Bahrain, India, and Indonesia. – Harley F. Palangchao