The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Fresh UFC deal, new opponent for Phuket’s Loma

Fresh UFC deal, new opponent for Phuket’s Loma

MMA: Thailand’s first and only Thai fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will remain with the promotion after signing a contract extension last week.

MMAMuay-Thai
By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Friday 5 March 2021, 12:13PM


Phuket-based fighter Loma Lookboonmee recently announced the signing of her extension in a social media post. Not long after, news broke online of her next opponent. Loma (5 wins, 2 losses) is scheduled to take on America’s Sam Hughes (also 5-2) on May 1 at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight will be Loma’s fourth in the premier promotion, and she will be looking to extend her winning streak to two. Loma’s last battle in the Octagon was a unanimous decision victory over former Invicta Atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey in October last year. In that fight, Loma displayed a significantly improved arsenal of attacks, including her grappling, while picking off strikes seemingly at-will.

UFC officials were impressed enough with the victory, coupled with improvements in her game, to offer Loma another slate of fights for the promotion.

It’s a decision that the Buriram native and Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp is ecstatic to accept, given her status as Thailand’s lone UFC fighter and the struggles of fighting, training, and travelling during the worldwide COVID pandemic.

MACNELS SHIPPING PHUKET

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the cage and continuing my journey as a mixed martial artist,” Loma said in an Instagram post announcing the contract extension.

At 25-years-old, Loma has already been fighting for over 17 years, having stepped into her first professional Muay Thai bout at the age of 8 through her father’s gym, Boonmee Sithemarat, a Lumpinee and Rajadamern stadium veteran. In a career that spanned over 200 Muay Thai fights, and multiple world titles, Loma is looking to become a force in MMA, while also putting her country on the combat sports map.

“I believe we will see more Thais in the UFC,” Said George Hickman, the head MMA coach at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp in Chalong.

“I don’t think the rest of the world really understands without coming here, that it’s such a rich culture, and history of fighting. It’s important that, not just Thai people, but the next generation understands what MMA is and realise that it can be very impactful for their lives.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket arrivals in other provinces face quarantine measures

Can someone please explain to 'Christy Sweet', in simple language......(Read More)


Sustainably Yours: Science and Conspiracy Theories

When basic facts cannot be agreed upon, meaningful discourse is not possible. News sites giving in ...(Read More)


Sustainably Yours: Science and Conspiracy Theories

mich, are you wearing your tin foil hat? Wow! ...(Read More)


Entertainment venue closure extended, snorkeling and diving prohibited

Dear Foot, for what I know Cafè del Mar, Illuzion and Shelter only hosted the event. The Bkk based ...(Read More)


Entertainment venue closure extended, snorkeling and diving prohibited

Charles @i am working on the assumption that diving or snorkeling off the beach is ok, people cramme...(Read More)


30 Chalong Police officers ordered to self-quarantine

Please, no playing down- or damage control games. This is serious. 30 officers now at home, possible...(Read More)


COVID passenger warning for Phuket flights

The photos are clearly showing that per 5 rows on both sides only 1 window seat can be safely occupi...(Read More)


CAAT wants late-night flights scrapped to curb COVID spread

What’s the difference between night time flights vs day time? The people who would have flown on t...(Read More)


COVID passenger warning for Phuket flights

When they start fast testing/swapping prior the flight take off? Ask people to be in airport 3 hrs p...(Read More)