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Philippines’ Stephen Loman defeats Canada’s Louie Sanoudakis at ‘BRAVE CF 30’ in India

Louie Sanoudakis, Marc Goddard, Stephen Loman (© ONE Championship)

Louie Sanoudakis, Marc Goddard, Stephen Loman (© ONE Championship)

BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines has extended his time as the longest reigning champion of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion. Representing Team Lakay, he defended his belt for the fourth consecutive time with a clear-cut unanimous decision victory over Louie “Leonidas” Sanoudakis, 30, of Canada at “BRAVE CF 30.”

Featuring 13 MMA bouts, BRAVE CF held “BRAVE CF 30” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India on November 30, 2019 with Carlos Kremer as the cage announcer. Sanoudakis challenged Loman in the main event of the evening.

Loman mixed up his strikes and movements with a ferocious pace and was able to score at will with leg kicks, jabs and straight lefts. Baffled, the challenger simply did not have an answer for the defending champion’s quickness.

But in the final round, Sanoudakis showed why he was chosen to challenge Loman. The Canadian challenger took the center of the cage and started relentlessly stalking the Filipino champion.

It was too little too late for Sanoudakis though as ringside judges scored the bout unanimously in favor of Loman. This marked the sixth consecutive BRAVE CF win of the Filipino champion, who has no immediate plans to go up in weight to eventually face BRAVE CF Featherweight World Champion Bubba ““Bad Man” Jenkins, 31, of the United States.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me,” Loman said in his post-fight interview. “To Indian fans, I love you. My coaches, training partners, family and friends and to BRAVE CF for allowing me to do what I do. Right now, I have a lot of people to fight still, maybe one day.”

In the co-main event, Phil “Zilla” Hawes, 30, of the U.S. had a flawless debut for BRAVE CF as he was able to take down Dominic “Painless” Schober, 28, of Austria and tap him out with a rear-naked choke in the first round. After the bout, the American contender expressed interest in being the first challenger to the middleweight title that will be up for grabs in two weeks’ time at “BRAVE CF 31.”

Mohammad Farhad of India had a comeback for the ages as he thrilled his countrymen present at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium with a violent performance. He scored a first-round technical knockout via leg kicks of his countryman Kushal Vyas.

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