Loman to continue working hard despite missing ONE debut

Published April 12, 2021, 4:13 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman (Stephen Loman’s Facebook page)

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman has broken his silence on social media several days after testing positive for COVID-19.

On his Facebook page Monday, April 12, Loman said he is “deeply saddened” to miss his supposed ONE Championship debut against former UFC veteran John Lineker included in the ONE on TNT series this month.

Team Lakay has entered its busiest month yet this year after three of their fighters, namely Loman, Lito Adiwang, and Eduard Folayang were named in ONE Championship’s US prime time debut showing.

But one of their biggest moments was marred after Loman and Adiwang contracted the coronavirus, as confirmed by coach Mark Sangiao, while Folayang was put under observation for having close contact with his teammates.

“Despite this situation, I will still continue to work hard and nurture my well-being in order to take my future fights on the next level,” the 28-year-old Loman said, who was known in the cage as “The Sniper.”

“To all of you who constantly support me, Lito Adiwang, and all my teammates we hope for your understanding. Still, we are grateful to have you as our pillars.”

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Reports said Troy Worthen is set to step up for Loman while a replacement for Adiwang against Jarred Brooks, the No. 1 world strawweight, has yet to be announced.

Seasoned Japanese-Korean fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama, Folayang’s opponent, also backed out of the fight due to injuries and it is still unknown if the bout will push through.

Loman, the longest-reigning champion in Bahrain-based promotion BRAVE Combat Federation, last saw action in November 2019 in BRAVE CF 30 to improve his record at 14-2.