Former Brave Combat Federation bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (14-2) was originally scheduled to make his promotional debut with ONE Championship earlier this year but had to pull from the bout after contracting COVID-19.
“The Sniper” Loman was set to compete against No. 1-ranked John Lineker at ONE on TNT III this April. Instead, the 29-year-old Team Lakay fighter will now face Yusup Saadulaev at ONE: Winter Warriors II. Saadulaev has 12 fights with ONE Championsip and is currently riding a three-fight win streak with the promotion.
“One of my goals is to prove that I belong here,” Loman recently said in a virtual press conference. “Another would be to face the top contenders, which is why I need to do my best in my upcoming fight so that I can have an opportunity to fight Bibiano Fernandes for his [bantamweight] title.”
ONE: Winter Warriors II will be recorded at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 3 and will be aired live via tape delay on December 17.
ONE: Winter Warriors II fight card:
Regian Eersel vs. Islam Murtazaev (ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title)
Stamp Fairtex vs. Ritu Phogat (Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship Final)
Qiu Jianliang vs. Hiroki Akimoto (kickboxing – bantamweight)
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
Marcus Almeida vs. Kang Ji Won (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
Hu Yong vs. Yuya Wakamatsu (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
Stephen Loman vs. Yusup Saadulaev (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)