'Wonder Boy' Fabricio Andrade has a highly anticipated showdown coming up against 'Hands of Stone' John Lineker for the vacant ONE bantamweight world title. Brazil's Andrade believes he will walk away with the crown against Lineker and later defend his ONE gold in 2023.
One of the rising contenders in the stacked bantamweight division is 'The Sniper' Stephen Loman. Filipino-born Loman is on a 3-fight win streak since joining the promotion, having defeated notable fighters such as Shoko Sato, Yusup Saadulaev, and the former world champion Bibiano Fernandes.
Fabricio Andrade said that while these wins are impressive, some of those fighters may have been past their prime, so it's hard to truly judge Loman's skills. On Stephen Loman's win streak, Fabricio Andrade said:
"It’s hard to say. Is he really good, or is he getting good opponents, you know? So, we’re just gonna see. Now he gets his chance. He was BRAVE champion, now he’s gonna get his chance and we’re gonna see how good he really is.”
Before the Brazilian phenom can begin measuring the contenders in his division, he has a huge test ahead of him which he must get past. For the illustrious ONE bantamweight world championship, Andrade and John Lineker will battle for a second time.
The two fighters are booked for a battle on February 10 in the main event of ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video.
Stephen Loman wants a shot at Fabricio Andrade or John Lineker
Whoever is victorious at ONE Fight Night 7, Stephen Loman wants a shot at the winner. With his recent string of wins, the Filipino-born fighter feels that he is taking the proper steps to secure a world title opportunity.
After defeating former bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes, 'The Sniper' discussed his future in his post-fight press conference. He said:
“[Fernandes] is a legend of the sport and I respect him a lot, but I have prepared and watched his fights."
ONE gold will be in his future, Loman added:
“The goal is just to do my best, defeat contenders until I get the chance to fight and capture the world title.”
See the full press conference below:
'Hands of Stone' and Andrade will battle for the ONE bantamweight world championship at ONE Fight Night 7 on February 10. The winner will likely have to defend the throne against the current No.3 Stephen Loman.