Stephen Loman‘s ONE Championship debut has been delayed by Covid-19. But the Team Lakay prospect made up for lost time with a devastating knockout of veteran Yusup Saadulaev.
The stoppage seemed premature but Saadulaev’s reaction prove that it definitely wasn’t:
Stephen "The Sniper" Loman picks off Yusup Saadulaev in the VERY FIRST ROUND ???? #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship#ONEWinterWarriors2 | How To Watch: https://t.co/TP1EQ96v6z pic.twitter.com/A9ggFd3deL
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) December 17, 2021
Referee Olivier Coste did a great job protecting the Russian who was clearly in no state to intelligently defend himself. A left hand from Loman did the damage and Saadulaev clearly wasn’t going to recover.
It was a virtuoso performance from the former Brave 135lbs champion who looks a real force to be reckoned with in the bantamweight division. With Bibiano Fernandes and John Lineker already booked to face off for the belt could a title eliminator with one of tonight’s other big winners. Fabricio Andrade, be on the horizon?