Stephen Loman
Stephen Loman attempts to land a head kick on Shoko Sato during their matchup at ONE X on March 26, 2022. ONE Championship


  • Stephen Loman is expected to get a ONE world title shot later this year
  • Loman has already started training for the bout against Fabricio Andrade
  • Mark Sangiao likes Loman's chances in winning over Andrade

Mixed martial arts fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the clash between Stephen Loman and Fabricio Andrade for the prestigious ONE bantamweight championship.

The anticipation surrounding this bout has been building up, and now Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao has provided an exciting update on the highly-anticipated encounter.

The 44-year-old trainer from Benguet, Philippines shared the same excitement, acknowledging the significance of the opportunity for his hard-hitting pupil.

"They did already announce Stephen is next for the world title shot. We're just waiting for the go signal. I told Stephen that he needs to prep because it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We know Stephen's a proven champion," he said.

Loman, currently rated as the No. 2 contender in the division with an overall 17-2 record, took ONE Championship by storm when he decimated Yusup Saadulaev with a solid left hand and follow-up ground strikes in the first round of his December 2021 promotional debut to claim a TKO victory.

"The Sniper" then scored a clear-cut unanimous decision win over ex-Shooto bantamweight titleholder Shoko Sato in March 2022.

Loman authored the most significant victory of his professional career to date eight months later by dominating former longtime division kingpin Bibiano Fernandes over the course of three rounds to position himself next in line for a crack at 26 pounds of gold.

On the other hand, Andrade (9-2) is 6-0 under the organization's umbrella, holding victories over the likes of Mark Abelardo, Sato, Li Kai Wen, Jeremy Pacatiw and Kwon Won Il.

"Wonder Boy" finally logged his name into the official lineage of ONE bantamweight champions by making John Lineker on his stool before the fifth round of their rematch last February.

Recognizing Andrade's impressive track record, Sangiao underlined the importance of formulating a solid game plan that capitalizes on Loman's strengths while neutralizing Andrade's offense.

"We know Andrade's at the top and he's not just some fighter. Of course, if we're going hard in the gym to prepare for it, I'll give it a full 100 percent. The most important part right now is getting Stephen ready," he stated.

"Everything has to be on point for Stephen come the day of the fight itself."

Sangiao expressed confidence in Loman's abilities, emphasizing the former BRAVE CF bantamweight champion's relentless work ethic and unwavering determination.

"Stephen is an exceptional athlete with immense talent and potential. He has been training tirelessly, refining his skills and sharpening his techniques. We are leaving no stone unturned in our preparations for this fight," Sangiao concluded.

Fabricio Andrade, ONE Championship
Fabricio Andrade lands a hard right hand on John Lineker during their main event bout at ONE Fight Night 7 in Bangkok, Thailand on February 25, 2023. ONE Championship