Brave Combat Federation crowns Stephen Loman as Bantamweight Champion & Local NI superstar Stormin’ Norman Price clinches Co-Main Fight at Brave 13 at SSE Arena, Belfast
Brave 13 concluded at the SSE Arena, Belfast last night with Team Lackay’s Stephen Loman from the Philippines defending the championship title against Frans Mlambo from SBG Ireland.
In the nail-biting bout, Stephen Loman fought five-rounds of action, in the end winning the fight by unanimous decision, retaining his Bantamweight title.
The co-main fight went the distance when local superstar, Stormin’ Norman Parke from Bushmills, Co. Antrim defeated rival Myles Price from Ireland.
The fight was the Brave Combat debut for Parke and a rematch of the fighters’ first encounter, which happened back in 2010. Both fighters have moved forward in their respective careers developing their skill sets. While Parke made it big in major global promotions including KSW, UFC and more, Price became a major figure in the local MMA circuit.
Commenting after the fight, Parke said: “I used my experience and my fight IQ to get the job done. There were certain stages during the fight, especially after the first round that I felt my cardio was letting me down. I had a bad chest infection; no excuses but when you have something like that, you can still use your fight IQ to drag it into your game to stall and control the fight. His game is striking and a bit of grappling but mine is wrestling and control and I think I implemented my game better than his. He had the chances on the feet to hurt me but it wasn’t enough, I did what I had to do and I’m a tough nut to crack.”
There was huge home support from the crowd for Parke and other local fighters including, Decky Dalton, Andy Young and Glenn Irvine who put in huge performances but succumbed to their opponents.
Earlier in the night, The ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor made a big entrance to the SSE Arena to celebrate with SBG Ireland teammate, Cian Cowley after his stunning defeat over Daniel Olejniczak in the first fight on the main card. He also met fans including Lewis Nickell from Bangor, who vlogs about living with Tourette’s Syndrome. The young vlogger is currently filming a new show, ‘What Makes You Tic?’ charting his quest to interview star guests and help him raise positive awareness around Tourette’s Syndrome. The show, which is in development for BBC3, follows on from the special currently on BBC3, where Lewis interviewed stars including Nadine Coyle and The Vamps.
Two-time World-Boxing Champion Amir Khan was amongst the other VIP guests in attendance. Commenting at the event, which was being broadcast around the world, he extolled great praise for Belfast, saying he was ‘struck by the beauty and sense of community’ in the city.
The high-energy event was the European debut for Bahrain-based promoter, Brave Combat Federation.