Stephen Loman, who is now ranked second in the bantamweight division for ONE Championship, has confessed that he first felt insulted by the promotion’s decision to pit Fabricio Andrade against Jonathan Haggerty.
After all, “The Sniper” was widely regarded as the leading candidate to challenge Andrade for the ONE bantamweight world championship.
Loman maintained his professionalism and looked on the positive side of things rather than wallowing in self-pity over the situation.
In a recent interview with The MMA Superfan, the star fighter for Team Lakay stated that he plans to take the additional time to hone his skills even further and ensure that he is in peak condition both physically and emotionally for the coveted championship chance when it eventually arrives:
“As for the delay of the title shot, I feel like I can use the time to evolve as a fighter and step up my game for that inevitable championship fight with Andrade,” the boxer said. “[T]here is no question that we will be fighting for the championship.”
In addition to this, the stud, who is now 28 years old, is very certain that he is able to unseat the current champion of the category. From Loman’s point of view, the delay is merely going to make the reward for his win that much more satisfying. He continued:
“I feel like I can go toe-to-toe with him, and when that time comes, it’s time for me to shine.”
When Andrade begins his quest for two-sport domination on October 6 at ONE Fight Night 15, Loman will undoubtedly have more time to study Andrade’s game. Loman will also have more time to research Andrade himself.
“Wonder Boy” and “Jonathan Haggerty” are going to compete against each other to see who would win the vacant ONE bantamweight kickboxing crown.
Stephen Loman made the decision to keep himself busy rather than sit around and wait for Andrade by accepting a very dangerous fight against the knockout artist John Lineker at ONE Fight Night 14: Stamp vs Ham on Prime Video, which took place on September 29 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
As a result of this move, he is no longer considered a major contender for the 145-pound world title, which has led several analysts and commentators to question the wisdom of his choice.
Loman, who is known for his always upbeat attitude, stated that he views this occasion as a way to dispel any and all concerns over his standing as the next man in line.
It would be a mistake to miss these two action-packed cards, which will be shown live on US Primetime. Prime Video users in North America are eligible to receive free access to ONE Fight Night 14 and ONE Fight Night 15.