Loman eyes No. 2 ranked Korean contender next

After moving up to the No. 3 seat of ONE bantamweight rankings, Stephen Loman is expecting more challenges ahead of his mixed martial arts career.

Stephen Loman (ONE Championship)

And the Team Lakay stalwart isn't looking too far as No. 2 South Korean fighter Kwon Won Il is just within his radar.

"I think Kwon Won will be a good match for me," said Loman. "Expect from me that I will give my everything to stay on the ladder and climb my way up to fight for the title at the soonest."

Loman claiming the No. 3 spot put him one step closer to his dreams of a crack at the belt. But it will still boil down between reigning champion Bibiano Fernandes and fellow Brazilian John Lineker, the top contender, in ONE: Bad Blood.

The former BRAVE Combat Federation champion made a successful transition in ONE Championship as he knocked out then No. 3 contender Yusup Saadulaev in ONE: Winter Warriors II last month.

"It was my debut fight and it is a great feeling to be at the top five after defeating a ranked opponent. I was positive that I will be climbing up the rankings, but surprisingly, they put me in the third spot. I'm so thankful," added Loman.

Kwon, for his part, is riding on a three-match win streak since November 2020 with the latest coming from Loman's teammate Kevin Belingon last month.

Belingon suffered a second-round knockout as Kwon unloaded a solid liver shot which sent the Team Lakay fighter grimacing down the floor.

Should the Loman-Kwon materialize, fight fans can expect another revenge storyline for the Igorot warriors.