The Philippines and France were among the eight countries represented at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” It was the first show of Bahrain-based mixed martial arts Brave Combat Federation to be held in the Philippines.
Featuring nine MMA bouts, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France challenged reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines.
Boudegzdame is the former Brave CF Featherweight Champion. He and Loman both competed in Brave CF for the fifth time.
Bahrain, Finland, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan and Russia were also represented at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” Loman was one of the 10 Filipino fighters on the card while Boudegzdame was the sole representative from France.
Boudegzdame is of Algerian descent. Training out of LaBonne Ecole in Montpellier, France, he has been competing professionally since 2012.
When Boudegzdame made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 2: Dynasty” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on December 2, 2016, he submitted Walel Watson via keylock. On March 31, 2017, the French-Algerian fighter became the inaugural Brave CF Featherweight Champion by submitting Masio “El Lobo” Fullen, 31, of Mexico via triangle choke at “Brave 4: Unstoppable” at the IPIC Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
On March 2, 2018, Boudegzdame successfully defended his belt at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” at the Prince Hamzah Sporting Hall in Amman, Jordan by submitting Jakub Kowalewicz, 25, of Poland via triangle choke. But on September 21, 2018, Bubba “Bad Man” Jenkins, 30, of the United States became the new champion by dethroning Boudegzdame via unanimous decision at “Brave 16” at the Mubadla Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Loman has been competing professionally since 2012. He is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
During Brave CF’s inaugural event on September 23, 2016 at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, Loman defeated Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland via unanimous decision. On November 17, 2017, the Team Lakay fighter returned to at the same venue and became the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight Champion by knocking out Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.”
On June 9, 2018, Loman successfully defended his belt by defeating Mlambo via unanimous decision in their rematch at “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On November 16, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter returned to the Khalifa Sports City Arena where he successfully defended his title again through a unanimous decision win against Felipe Efrain, 24, of Sao Paolo, Brazil at “Brave 18: Bahrain.”
Tomasz Bronder served as the referee of the Brave CF Bantamweight Championship bout between Loman and Boudegzdame. Early on, the defending champion established himself as the superior striker, investing in body shots and confusing the challenger with his southpaw stance.
In the first round, Boudegzdame was able to get Loman’s back briefly. But the challenger was not able to keep up with the defending champion in the stand-up department.
After using push kicks and straight lefts to the body throughout the first three frames, Loman stepped up and started connecting with uppercuts and ending those up with overhands, one of which sent Boudegzdame to the canvas. The defending champion swarmed in and Bronder had no choice but to waive the bout.
Bronder put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 59 seconds in the fourth round. The Filipino defending champion knocked out his French-Algerian opponent via strikes.
Winning at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” improved Loman’s professional MMA record to 13 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Boudegzdame now has 15 wins and 6 losses.
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” Co-Main Event
Cian “The Warrior” Cowley, 25, of Dublin, Ireland and John “The Trouble” Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand competed in the lightweight division in the co-main event of the evening. The Kiwi contender won via split decision.
Bahrain, Finland, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan and Russia were also represented at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” Loman was one of the 11 Filipino fighters on the card while Boudegzdame was the sole representative from France.
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