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Title challenger Frans Mlambo believes Brave CF can compete with established European promotions

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SBG bantamweight Frans Mlambo says a revenge victory over former foe Stephen Loman will be “twice as sweet” with the Filipino’s title on the line Saturday night at Brave CF 13 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mlambo is a former amateur world champion and his professional trajectory was stifled when he dropped a decision loss to Loman in September 2016. Since then, Loman has claimed Brave FC’s bantamweight title.

Now that “The Black Mamba” has worked his way back to a title shot with three stoppage victories, he has vowed not to make the same mistakes he feels cost him the first fight with Loman.

“I think it is a different story this time. I know he got the win over me before but I still feel like I’m going to destroy him. It’s actually kind of annoying me that I let him beat me the first time, I made a lot of stupid mistakes in that fight,” Mlambo told MMA Fighting.

With Brave CF coming to Europe for the first time, Mlambo feels he has an opportunity to reconnect with Irish fans having contested his last number of bouts in the Middle East.

“I feel like there was a lot of hype after I won the world title at amateur and then I kept that momentum after I got that big KO in my pro debut. The first loss to Loman really slowed me down,” he said.

“This is a really good feeling to get this rematch. It makes it double sweet that his title is on the line too. The fact that I’m basically at home doing it gives me a chance to remind the Irish fans what I’m all about. I’ve been away for a long time so hopefully I’ll have a chance to defend this title in Europe in the near future too.”

Brave CF 13: European Evolution is believed to be the beginning of a bigger presence for the Middle East promotion in Europe. Brands like Cage Warriors and BAMMA are long established in the Western European market, but Mlambo believes Brave CF can be right up there with them considering the leaps they have taken in the two years since its inception.

“You’ve got to remember that this promotion is only two years old and they’re already in Europe booking out arenas,” he said.

“I have a feeling that they can be right up there with the other established European promotions very quickly. The whole market here is thriving now so I think it made a lot of sense for them to make the move. They have signed fighters from all over the world, we’ve got Brazilians and Hawaiians on the card, so I think they want to be as big globally as they can be.”

Other promotions in the European market have become gateways to the UFC and Mlambo believes he may establish a link between the world’s biggest promotions and Brave with his performances over the next 18 months.

“We see that the other promotions have become a pathway to the UFC and Bellator and I can see myself becoming a target for those bigger promotions over the next 18 months. You never know, maybe Brave will be able to develop to the stage where they’re up there with the big two, or at least giving me options that keep me moving up through the rankings and I’ll stick around.”

Known for his slick boxing ability and his knockout power, Mlambo is confident he’ll stop Loman this time around:

“I think I’m going to knock him out. I’m not taking him for granted or anything like that, but I have five five-minute rounds to stop him and I don’t think he’s going to be able to last,” he said.

“He has a limited amount of options here and I won’t make the same mistakes I did the first time around. I have a very long time to do anything I want with him. Eventually I’m just going to corner him and that’s the last place in the world that you want to be against me.”

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