Octagon Cynosure featuring ‘Loma Lookboonme’: UFC Fight Night 162 predictions & UFC analysis


Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 12:24 PM UTC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on its international duties once again when they head to Kallang, Singapore for UFC Fight Night 162 where the Singapore Stadium will play host to 13 action-packed MMA contests.
<div><h2>Loma Lookboonme</h2><p>Debuting (UFC) Straw-weight prospect ‘Loma Lookboonme’ is no stranger to combat sports. Since the tender age of just eight years old, Loma has been competitive within the mixed martial arts world. This week’s spotlight will shine on the former Muay-Thai fighter with over 300 fights on her record ‘Loma Lookboonme’, as she becomes the first fighter in Thai history to join the UFC, let’s take a closer look.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://asiamma.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Loma-Lookboonmee-1024x683.jpg" style="width:90%" /></p><p>Hailing from the beautiful country of Thailand, Loma Lookboonme has been raised with the warrior spirit of a true martial artist. Since the age of 8-years old, she has trained and competed in Muay Thai. Born into the sport, her father owned a gym in an area well known for producing Thai champions (Buriam). The art of eight-limbs isn’t taken lightly by Thai natives, with over 300 competitive fights to her name; two years ago she made the decision to transition her skills into mixed martial arts.</p><p>History will be made this weekend in Singapore. At UFC Fight Night 162, Loma Lookboonme will be the first Thai fighter in history, to be signed under the UFC banner. Fighting as a professional mixed martial artist for just two years, she has already competed for an atom-weight title, fought for Invicta FC and became the first Thai fighter to compete for Pancrase in Japan.</p><p>Loma’s progression in her wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu has been praised by Tiger Muay Thai coach, George Hickman. Since the move from professional Muay Thai over to mixed martial arts, Loma has competed in the atom-weight division; the move up-to strawweight is something her team and coaches are not worried about. Notably, her opponent Alexandra Albu doesn’t pose a threat in the height and reach advantage.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a><br /> </p><h2>Fight Talk</h2><p>A clear disadvantage for any fighter making their UFC debut is…their actual ‘debut’. A high percentage of debuting fighters end up on the losing side but, given Loma has been competing since an early age, I’m not so sure that “octagon jitters” will be a problem.</p><p>The opportunity to train at Tiger Muay Thai since her professional MMA career began, has been nothing but a huge advantage for the young ‘up and comer’. Her Thai clinch is strong; her mixture of strikes is diverse, and she’s continuously learning with her all-around MMA game at Tiger Muay Thai.</p><p>Alexandra Albu showed her inability to defend herself successfully inside her opponents clinching distance. In her previous fight against Emily Whitmire, she looked like a “fish out of water” defending of her back. The option is there for Loma, but I don’t see a multiple grappling opportunities for Albu what so ever. Her ability to find minor success toe to toe with Loma may play-out momentarily; across fifteen minutes I don’t think she’ll have constant success in any offensive strategy.</p><p>Albu was riding a nice win streak prior to her meeting with Emily Whitmire but how far can she really go in the UFC? MMA aside, the combat experience that Loma possesses over Albu should be a huge advantage in itself. No disrespect but, I think I’ll put my money behind the 23-year-old with over 300 fights on her record rather than the former fitness instructor who lost to Emily Whitmire within 60 seconds.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/B3VZFXhx8rY\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>The Outcome</h2><p>Don’t get carried away because, at the end of the day… this is a low-level WMMA matchup on the preliminary card of UFC Singapore. That said, no matter how much fight-tape I watch on Albu, I just don’t see an intelligent enough fighter for the UFC rankings.</p><p>Loma Lookboonme has a considerable amount of fight footage available online; her Thai clinch trips/throws/takedowns are something to lust over. If Albu gives her an inch, Loma will trip her to the ground instantly, as she’s displayed on numerous occasions.</p><p>I think Loma will enter this fight confident no matter where the fight ends up, Albu, not so much. I think the game-plan for Albu will be to attempt takedowns on Loma, which might end up being her downfall. I actually think Albu would have a better chance by keeping her distance and striking with Loma, attempting to take this fight to the ground will involve stepping into Lomas clinch territory and whenever this happens, Loma will defend and attack at will., Loma will dominate in the clinch and should out-strike Albu within the three –minute rounds.</p><p><strong>UFC Prediction:</strong> <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/alexandra-albu-vs-loma-lookboonmee-3958547/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Fighting Odds">1.5u on Loma Lookboonme</a> @ [2.00] [+100] <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">with Pinnacle</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><em>UFC Fight Night 162 will be live on Saturday the 26th October live from Kallang, Singapore</em></p></div>
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