Former bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes returned to the circle on Friday night at ONE on Prime Video 4. ‘The Flash’ squared off with the No. 5 ranked contender Stephen ‘The Sniper’ Loman. With a potential bantamweight world championship opportunity hanging in the balance, neither fighter backed down in a highly-entertaining clash that represented the past, present, and future of ONE Championship.
Loman immediately came out aggressive, landing some solid leg kicks and pushing Fernandes against the fence. ‘The Flash’ appeared to be a bit gun shy, perhaps a residual effect from the brutal knockout he suffered against John Lineker in March.
Just past the halfway point, Bibiano Fernandes began to open up, landing a solid combination, but Loman appeared to have the strength and striking advantage by the end of the first round.
Going into the second, Bibiano Fernandes’ came out, likely down a round, and landed a big straight right that put Loman to the canvas. ‘The Sniper’ recovered and was able to push Fernandes to the fence, but that only led to Fernandes getting a takedown and immediately taking Loman’s back.
It didn’t last long as Loman was able to reverse position. From there, the two warriors engaged in a back-and-forth grappling exchange that Loman mostly controlled through the end of the round.
During the first half of round three, Stephen Loman was able to stifle any attempts to muster offense with precision striking. Frustrating Fernandes, Loman shot in for a takedown at the halfway point, putting ‘The Flash’ on his back and dropping bombs until the final bell.
It was an impressive showing for Stephen Loman who would go on to score the biggest win in his mixed martial arts career on Friday night.
Official Result: Stephen Loman defeated Bibiano Fernandes via unanimous decision.
Stephen Loman is ready for a ONE bantamweight world title opportunity after win over Bibiano Fernandes
Following the impressive victory, ‘The Sniper’ spoke with Mitch Chilson inside the circle to discuss his biggest victory yet:
“I trained a lot for my skills and the game plan went well so I was confident in my striking and wrestling. He’s a former champion, a legend in the sport, he’s tough.”
Asked if he’s ready for a shot at the bantamweight world championship, ‘The Sniper’ said without hesitation:
“If they give me the chance, of course yes!"
With that victory, Stephen Loman may have solidified himself as the man to take on the winner of John Lineker vs. Fabricio Andrade at ONE on Prime Video 7 this February.