“I always give it my all” - Stephen Loman says Team Lakay sparring sessions are brutal 

Stephen Loman (left) and Mark Sangiao with Team Lakay fighters (right)
Stephen Loman (left) and Mark Sangiao with Team Lakay fighters (right)

Stephen Loman was candid about going all out during Team Lakay's sparring sessions.

Anyone that frequently watches ONE Championship knows about the powerhouse stable coached by Mark Sangiao. Team Lakay has produced several ONE world champions, including Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and more.

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Some have speculated that 27-year-old Loman could be the next to join his teammates by becoming a world champion in ONE. During an interview with The MMA Super-Fan, he had this to say about the aggressive sparring at Team Lakay:

“I think the hardest is always the sparring sessions. When we’re wrestling and grappling, most of it is done through drills, and it allows us to just take it a bit easy during the sessions. But when sparring comes, that’s when you go at it. Whenever we spar, we put everything on the line. Whatever we trained in during the drills, we have to apply that in sparring.”

He continued by saying:

“That’s why I always give it my all during sparring. Everything that my coaches and my teammates taught me will be applied there.”

Wild sparring sessions are likely essential to Team Lakay’s success. Some argue that rigorous sparring may lead to durability issues later in their careers. The counter-argument is that brutal sparring has prepared Team Lakay for anything that could happen in the Circle.

Watch The MMA Super-Fan interview Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman below:


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Stephen Loman has his toughest test yet against Bibiano Fernandes at ONE on Prime Video 4. In his last fight, the Brazilian lost the bantamweight world title against John Lineker, leaving questions about his ability to bounce back at 42 years old. While speaking with ONE Championship, ’The Sniper' had this to say about not overlooking the former champion:

“I really need to win against Bibiano first, he’s not just an ordinary fighter. I also need to sharpen my techniques because I see that they [ranked opponents] have their own strengths and weaknesses. But if I get a win over Bibiano, I will prove that my skills are on par with his level already.”

Loman could make a statement at ONE on Prime Video 4. That said, avoiding Fernades’ aggressive style won’t be easy for the Team Lakay product. If ‘The Sniper’ can pull off the win, he will be one step closer to becoming a world champion.

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