Brave 22: Loman defends title; Cowley loses split decision
Brave Combat Federation's debut in the Philippines was one to remember for the country's fighters, as six Filipino warriors came out victorious from Brave 22: Storm of Warriors. Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman put on a masterful performance by knocking out challenger Elias Boudegzdame in the main event and became the only Brave champion to defend his crown three times in a row. The victory was dedicated to his uncle, who passed away during the final stages of his training camp.
"I would like to dedicate this fight to my family and teammates. But was also to my uncle, who passed away this month. This was for him, definitely," said the champ.
Loman established himself early on as the superior striker, investing in body shots and confusing Boudegzdame with his southpaw stance. The challenger was able to get the champ's back briefly during the first round but wasn't able to keep up with "The Sniper" 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 champ swarmed in and the referee had no choice but to waive the bout.
In the co-main event, a very even match saw John Brewin take a razor-thin decision over Cian Cowley. The Irishman was able to connect well with hard leg kicks in the first round, but the Kiwi fighter adjusted for the second and third frames, investing in the clinch and tiring Cowley with pressure from his wrestling. Two judges saw the fight going to Brewin, who made a tribute to his country after the horrible attacks earlier today.
"I walked down with this flag. I know the strength of the people of New Zealand. This is a dark day in our country and I never imagined the size of the hatred in such a beautiful place. We will pull through this dark time," said an emotional Brewin.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Jeremy Pacatiw, who dominated and submitted Marc Alcoba, as well as a ferocious knockout victory for Rolando Dy, who handed Mehmosh Raza his first promotional defeat.
Brave 22 results
Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Elias Boudegzdame by TKO - R4
Lightweight: John Brewin def. Cian Cowley by split decision.
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw def. Marc Alcoba by submission (armbar) - R3
Featherweight: Rolando Dy def. Mehmosh Raza by TKO - R1
Bantamweight: Harold Banario def. Ariel Oliveros by submission (armbar) - R1
Bantamweight: Jayson Margallo def. Rex de Lara by unanimous decision
Flyweight: Abdul Hussein def. John Cris Corton by submission (ninja choke) - R1
Flyweight: Hussain Ayyad def. Jason Vergara by submission (triangle choke) - R1
Flyweight: Jomar Pa-ac def. Sataya Behuria by unanimous decision
Brave 22: Storm of Warriors takes place on Friday at 6:00 pm local time (6:00 am ET) and streams live from Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines, on Fite TV.
Bahrain’s biggest sports property has organized a groundbreaking show featuring some of the greatest MMA athletes in the world, as they collide with the Philippines’ finest inside the Brave cage. Filipino politicians, personalities and influencers have praised His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s vision for the sport and the development of mixed martial arts in the country.
Representing Bahrain in an official visit to President Rodrigo Duterte, His Highness discussed his plans for the sport in the short, medium, and long terms, which was more than well received by His Excellency. Mr. Duterte was quick to congratulate Sheikh Khalid on his efforts in the sport and the transforming power MMA has in the lives of citizens around the world.
The origins of Brave 22 can be traced back to Mr. Alfonso Ver. Philippines’ Ambassador in Bahrain, Mr. Ver was thoroughly impressed with the organization during his visits to Brave 18 fight week in Bahrain, and personally requested a Brave CF event to be held in his home country in 2019.
While His Highness was welcomed by His Excellency Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, Mohammed Shahid, Brave CEO, was also in the Philippines recently to meet top officials from the country. Mr. Shahid met with the Secretary of Trade and Industry, Mr. Ramon Lopez, and his team. They were introduced by Mr. Ver, who was also present in the meeting.
They also discussed the impact that Brave 22 will have in the sport of mixed martial arts in the Philippines, and in the society as a whole. Mr. Shahid talked about how all Brave events around the world are a national project, with the goal of developing the sport and giving opportunities for local athletes to perform on a global platform.
Stephen Loman (Philippines) vs. Elias Boudegzdame (Algeria- France)
Cian Cowley (Ireland) vs. John Brewin (New Zealand)
Jeremy Pacatiw (Philippines) vs. Mark Alcoba (Philippines)
Rolando Dy (Philippines) vs. Mehmosh Reza (Pakistan)
Harold Banario (Philippines) vs. Ariel Oliveros (Philippines)
Rex de Lara (Philippines) vs. Jayson Margallo (Philippines)
John Cris Corton (Philippines) vs. Abdul Hussein (Finland)
Jason Vergara (Philippines) vs. Hussain Ayyad (Bahrain)
Jomar Pa-ac (Philippines) vs. Satya Behuria (India)
h/t Manila Bulletin