Stephen Loman of the Philippines is the Brave Combat Federation Fighter of the Year for 2018. The Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion’s bantamweight champion won through the fan votes throughout the promotion’s social media accounts.
Loman was chosen over his fellow Brave CF champions Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady of Jordan and Jarrah Al-Selawe of Jordan, who are reigning in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, respectively. Middleweight contender Ikram Aliskerov of Russia and featherweight fighter Jeremy Kennedy of Canada were also nominated.
Rami Hamed has a promotional debut to remember as his brutal knockout win over the tough Gadzhimusa Gaziev at “Brave 21” won KO of the Year honors. Hamed won the fan vote over Kennedy, Rodrigo Cavalheiro, Yibugele and Djamil Chan.
Veteran Ricardo Tirloni won Submission of the Year for his Anaconda choke over Ramon Cardozo at “Brave 15” in Colombia. Khamzat Chimaev, who made waves at the second semester with two quick KO wins in two different weight classes, took home the Breakthrough Fighter of the Year award over Cleiton Silva, Aidan James, Akhmed Magomedov and John Brewin.
Brazil’s CM System won the fan vote for best fight team represented at Brave CF. Led by MMA legend and Brave fighter Cristiano Marcello, the gym had a great year with Maria
Ribeiro, Luan Santiago, Geraldo Coelho de Lima Neto and Gabriel Miranda and beat Fight Fortress of Pakistan, KHK MMA of Bahrain, Team Nogueira Dubai of the United Arab Emirates and Team Lakay of the Philippines.
Training out of Team Lakay, Loman is the first Brave CF champion to defend his crown twice in a row with dominant wins over Frans Mlambo of Ireland and Felipe Efrain of Brazil in 2018. The Filipino fighter captured the title in 2017.
When Loman competed for the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight Championship at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions,” he was the underdog but he managed to defeat Gurdarshan Mangat of Canada. On March 15, 2019, the Team Lakay fighter will defend his title for the third time at “Brave 22” Storm of Warriors” where he is no longer the underdog.
Here is a clip featuring Loman: