CHAMPIONS' RIVALRY HEATS UP AS BUBBA JENKINS CHALLENGES LOMAN FOR SUPERFIGHT
Jun 02, 2019
BRAVE Featherweight world champion Bubba Jenkins is looking to make history for the promotion, as he aims a double title reign. He has set his eyes on Bantamweight titleholder Stephen Loman and hasn’t been shy in pursuing the superfight. Before Loman defended his belt successfully for the third time, Jenkins had already called out the Filipino hero and doubled down on his challenge recently.
After the BRAVE fans voiced their wishes for the fight to materialize on the promotion’s Instagram profile, Jenkins commented that he would be willing to step up, asking the organization to “sign him up” and give him a time and a date for a superfight.
Jenkins became the Featherweight king of BRAVE by dominating Elias Boudegzdame in the co-main event of BRAVE 16, in Abu Dhabi, last September. Using his world-class wrestling, the 2011 Division I All-American champion stifled Boudegzdame’s submission game en route to a unanimous decision victory and the fulfillment of his greatest dream: a world title in mixed martial arts.
Now, he wants a new belt and will look to derail Loman’s amazing title run. “The Sniper” is undefeated under the BRAVE banner, with five wins in as many bouts. After winning his debut against Frans Mlambo, he went on to grab the inaugural Bantamweight title against Gary Mangat at BRAVE 9, in late 2017. He then defended the throne twice in 2018, with a rematch against Mlambo and by outpointing world-class striker Felipe Efrain.
Loman then passed his greatest test with flying colors, by dominating and knocking out former Featherweight champ Boudegzdame, who went down a weight class to challenge for the Bantamweight title. Stephen beat Elias in the fourth round of their BRAVE 22 main event, which took place in Loman’s home country of Philippines.