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Newspaper names Loman as breakout fighter of the year

STEPHEN LOMAN. ONE Championship photo

Team Lakay’s Sniper, Stephen Loman has been named as the Breakout Fighter of the Year by a news publication, while two of the team’s youngest fighters shared US$100,000 between them for good showing earlier this month in the ONE Championship year end presentation at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The International Business Times named The Sniper as such taking note of the fighter’s  successful year including beating the erstwhile longest reigning bantamweight king of the ONE Championship.

Loman defeated Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes at the ONE on Prime Video 4 on November 17 to culminate his three fight winning streak when he shifted to the Singapore based mixed martial arts stage.

Loman moved from the BRAVE Combat Federation where he reigned as its bantamweight king, the longest, and made his debut in the ONE Championship in December of 2021 where he faced The Maestro, Yusup Saadulaev and earned a first round technical knockout.

He followed up his win with a victory over Shoko Sato during the ONE X, before ending his year with the victory over Fernandes.

Loman is now ranked No. 3 in the division–just behind title contenders John Lineker (No. 2) and Fabricio Andrade (No. 1).

Meanwhile, Jhanlo Mark Sangiao submitted Anacleto Lauron in just one minute and 46 seconds into the match via rear naked choke and earned for himself US$50,000 (roughly PhP2.7 million)

The newly married Jeremy Pacatiw needed just two rounds to submit Brumese Tial Thang and got too a US$50,000 bonus for the win.

The bad news for Team Lakay, however, was Joshua Pacio’s loss to Jarred Brooks and the team relinquished the last of the belts.

Also on December 3, former lightweight king Eduard Folayang fell to Edson Marquez in the second round while former flyweight king Geje Eustaquio was knocked out in the first round by Ho Yung. Last month former bantamweight Kevin Belingon was also at the losing side.

Jenelyn Olsim was also defeated in just 24 seconds also last December 3 by Meng Bo.

Meanwhile, the return to action for Lito Adiwang will be a little longer after his fight against Mansur Mslschiev supposedly on January in Bangkok, Thailand has been cancelled.

In a post, Adiwang said: “To ONE Championship, my opponent, fans and supporters, I’m sorry that I will not be able compete this January in Bangkokbut I will do my best to heal and recover fast as I can and continue this fight. I’ll enter the Circle healthy and prepared to give the best show that I can give.” Pigeon Lobien

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