Mlambo looking for revenge on ‘good guy’ Loman at Brave 13 in Belfast
Frans Mlambo is a man on a mission. Signed on to fight for the Brave bantamweight title against current champion Stephen Loman, ‘The Black Mamba’ will be headlining Brave 13: Europe Evolution, in Belfast, Northern Ireland and hopes to come out of the event with a shiny new belt.
But there’s more on the line than a championship.
Loman was responsible for Mlambo’s first and only defeat inside the Brave cage and, while Frans admits his opponent is a “good guy” revenge will definitely be on his mind when the two meet on June 9th, at the SSE Arena.
“I obviously know him, and I do think he’s a good guy, but I feel he has what’s mine,” said Mlambo, in an interview with MMA UK. “He’s got my belt at the moment. I’m not gonna say that I’ll knock him out this time around, but I can safely say a decision win is not in my plans. I can guarantee it will be different from the first time we fought. I was on a winning streak before my fight with Loman and he owes me that win. I was doing really great and that train kind of stopped with him.”
Representing Dublin and fighting out of the world-famous SBG Ireland, Mlambo will have the opportunity to fight in front of family and friends next to his country. And though he concedes that fighting near home feels good, he doesn’t necessarily think that’s an advantage.
“It’s definitely good to have friends and family around during fight week, but it doesn’t really make a lot of difference to me,” he said. “I’m used to fighting abroad and I’m always focused on the guy in front of me when the cage closes.”
Brave 13: Euro Evolution will be held at The SSE Arena, in Belfast. The main event will be a rematch for the Bantamweight title as current champion Stephen Loman tries to go 2-0 against challenger Frans Mlambo. The co-main event is set for a Catchweight of 161 pounds (73 kg) between former UFC fighter Norman Parke and Myles Price.
Northern Ireland will become the ninth country to host a Brave Combat Federation, after Bahrain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, and Indonesia.
Brave 13 full fight card:
Stephen Loman (c) vs. Frans Mlambo for the bantamweight title
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane
Sidney Wheeler vs. Mohammad Fakhreddine
Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Erik Carlsson
Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine
Chad Hanekom vs. Tarek Suleiman
Cian Cowley vs. Daniel Olejniczak
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin