January 31, 2023

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman’s total domination of former long-time bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes on Nov. 19 in Singapore is one of the five biggest upsets in ONE Championship in 2022.

Loman’s upset victory against the Brazilian ranked fifth with Woo Sung Hoon’s 18-second knockout of Yuya Wakamatsu in the top list.

BIGGEST UPSET IN 2022 — The total domination by Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman of long-time bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes in their Nov. 19 bout in Singapore is one of the five biggest upsets in ONE Championship for 2022, according to Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion. — ONE photo

The 27-year-old Loman shocked the world by dominating Fernandes from bell to bell.

Although his prodigious talent was already obvious, Loman had only fought twice in the world-class proving ground of ONE Championship.

Fernandes, on the other hand, is the most decorated MMA world champion in promotional history and held the top three bantamweight ranking.

The Filipino sensation found success on the feet early in the bout, but the most shocking aspect of his victory was when he out-grappled the accomplished Brazilian jiujitsu black throughout the second and third rounds.

Loman’s previously unseen ground game powered him to an incredible upset over Fernandes and clearly established him as a legitimate world title threat in the division.

With the win, Loman improved to a 17 wins and two losses record while Fernandes fell to a 24-6 slate. 

Last month, Baguio officials commended Loman for winning via unanimous decision against Fernandes of Brazil at ONE 164.

In a resolution, the city council stated Loman’s recent achievement yet again proves that Baguio City is home to world-class athletes thereby giving pride and honor to the city and to the whole country.

Loman was the former longest bantamweight world champion in Brave Combat Federation. – Harley F. Palangchao