It was a night to remember for Stephen Loman as he became the first-ever Brave Bantamweight champion with a flawless performance against Gurdarshan Mangat and took home a Performance Bonus for his first-round TKO against St. Lion. “The Sniper” was one of four fighters to receive the award for the historical Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.
The Filipino phenom was always a step ahead of his foe, showcasing fastest hands and able to stifle any offense generated by Mangat. Towards the end of the first round, Loman was able to connect with a hook that floored his opponent and after storming in and securing another knockdown, Stephen left no choice for the referee, who intervened, declaring him the new titleholder.
With no submission in a Knockout-filled event, Brave officials chose to award four Performance bonuses instead of a Submission, KO and Fight Of The Night. That meant another three fighters walked home with an extra cheque: Felipe Efrain, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady and Ahmed Amir were the chosen ones.
Efrain wowed the audience with a picture-perfect flying knee to end the night for Nawras Abzakh, while Al-Selwady dominated Erick “Índio Brabo” on his way to a TKO win and Amir got the better of Erik Carlsson to earn a hard-fought decision.
Full results for Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions:
Lightweight title fight: Ottman Azaitar def. Alejandro Martínez by TKO – Round 3
Bantamweight title fight: Stephen Loman def. Gurdarshan Mangat by TKO – Round 1
Welterweight: Jarrah Al Selawe def. Carl Booth by unanimous decision
Lightweight: Alan Omer def. Gesias Cavalcante by TKO – Round 3
Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady def. Erick “Índio Brabo” by TKO – Round 2
Welterweight: Mohammad Fakhreddine and Tahar Hadbi ended in No Contest (Accidental low blow)
Bantamweight: Hamza Kooheji def. Mohammad Farhad by unanimous decision
Bantamweight: Felipe Efrain def. Nawras Abzakh by TKO – Round 1
Lightweight: Ahmed Amir def. Erik Carlsson by split decision
Bantamweight: Frans Mlambo def. Michael Deiga-Scheck by TKO – Round 1
Middleweight: Ikram Aliskerov def. Jeremy Smith by TKO – Round 1
Catchweight: Hardeep Rai def. Sam Patterson by TKO – Round 1
Lightweight: Charlie Leary def. Daniele Scatizzi by TKO – Round 3
Bantamweight: Jalal Al Daaja def. Jeremy Pacatiw by TKO – Round 1
Strawweight: Haider Farman def. Atif Mohammed by unanimous decision