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Mixed Martial Arts

Stephen Loman sings praises to unsung heroes in fight camp

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a champion, and Stephen Loman’s career perfectly exemplifies that old adage.

The 28-year-old rising star is regarded as one of the best Filipino mixed martial artists on the world stage today, boasting an impressive record of 17-2 with six knockout wins and two via submission.

Additionally, he enjoyed a dominant reign as the BRAVE CF bantamweight champion from November 2017 to February 2021.

Furthermore, Loman has not tasted defeat since January 2016, embarking on a stellar 11-fight winning streak.

Much of his current success can be attributed to the invaluable guidance provided by head coach Mark Sangiao and the rest of Team Lakay.

However, his support network extends beyond the confines of the La Trinidad, Benguet-based stable. Two other individuals also play integral roles whenever he begins a training camp.

Unbeknownst to many, Loman’s older brother, Vince, has been responsible for overseeing his strength and conditioning program since he turned pro in 2012.

“The Sniper” acknowledges his sibling’s contribution in helping him maintain peak physical form.

“When I started competing in MMA locally here in Baguio City, my older brother was already there. He has been my guide in my strength and conditioning. Even now, he still provides the program that I follow at the gym,” Loman told Tiebreaker Times.

“My Kuya Vince is truly important because he plays a significant role in developing the strength, endurance, speed, and explosiveness that I apply in my fights.”

When it comes to the evolution of his ground game, Loman credits Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt and retired MMA fighter Dave Galera.

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It’s also worth noting that Galera was once a Team Lakay member and is best remembered for capturing the interim URCC bantamweight championship.

Moreover, Galera had a one-bout stint in the UFC, where he faced Royston Wee and suffered a unanimous decision loss in January 2014.

Since then, Galera has shifted his focus to coaching.

“I am also thankful to Kuya Dave because I learned jiu-jitsu from him. He taught me many techniques, and I learned a lot from him,” Loman said of Galera.

Loman approaches his next assignment with unwavering confidence, appreciative of his solid preparation.

He is set to face former bantamweight titleholder John Lineker at ONE Fight Night 14, which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, September 30.

Loman is well aware that the best way to show his appreciation to those who have supported him on this journey is by emerging victorious against Lineker.

“I will do everything in my power to beat John Lineker. I will use everything I have learned from my coaches to win this match.”

Written By

Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He started his professional career in 2013. He has also written for various media outlets such as, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Times,,, South China Morning Post, The Phnom Penh Post and the International Business Times. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, PTV 4, Business World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger City Boxing Gym whenever he is not writing.

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