Stephen Loman Hunting ‘Big Win’ In Pivotal Top Contender Fight Against John Lineker
On September 29 at ONE Fight Night 14: Stamp vs. Ham on Prime Video, the #2-ranked contender squares off with former bantamweight kingpin and #1-ranked contender John “Hands of Stone” Lineker in a must-watch, high-stakes showdown.
Slated to air live in U.S. primetime from the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the fight could determine the pecking order at the top of ONE’s loaded bantamweight MMA division.
Last November, the 28-year-old took out former longtime ONE Bantamweight MMA World Champion Bibiano Fernandes, securing the biggest victory of his decade-long career.
He’s now overjoyed to return to action for an even bigger opportunity and assert himself as the division’s undeniable top contender.
“The Sniper” told ONEFC.com:
“When I found out that he was the one I would be facing, I expected ONE to give us a fight for the #1 contender spot in the division. At least now we have a fight, we won’t be idle for too long before the year ends. So, it’s really great news for me.”
Undefeated in ONE with three thrilling victories, Loman, of course, would’ve been happy to receive a World Title shot on the strength of his last win over Fernandes.
But with Andrade set to soon battle Jonathan Haggerty for the vacant ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title, Loman knows that staying busy and picking up a victory against Lineker will only strengthen his case for a crack at 26 pounds of gold.
“I need to get a big win against John Lineker. Then if I [win], I know I’m next for Fabricio Andrade. No more qualms, no more anything — I’m next in line for a championship fight.”
Loman Preparing To ‘Go Toe-To-Toe’ With Lineker
Well-rounded and in the thick of his athletic prime, Stephen Loman will need to be at the top of his game against John Lineker – one of the most feared knockout artists in the history of mixed martial arts.
The Team Lakay representative is willing to engage in a striking battle with “Hands of Stone,” but he’ll approach the Brazilian’s trademark brawling style strategically.
“Our style, which relies a lot on movement, is an effective way to strike as long as we have a tight guard and we can absorb shots well. If I do that, then I will have an effective style against Lineker because as you move and you hit your opponent, you gain points. And if we connect squarely, we can even get a knockout.
“It’s really a great style to use because I move a lot while creating angles.”
Whether he’s sticking and moving or trading heavy leather in the center of the Circle, Loman’s leaving no stone unturned as he prepares for his pivotal September 29 clash with Lineker.
“I think I match up with his striking well because he’s an inside fighter, so I’ll train for that style while I have the time. I’ll train everything so I can go toe-to-toe with him. I’ll polish everything and use every single one of my tools.”