Loma Lookboonmee Becomes First Thai Athlete Signed to UFC, Debuts Versus Alexandra Albu At UFC Singapore

September 19, 2019 - 02:54
Loma Lookboonmee Becomes First Thai Athlete Signed to UFC, Debuts Versus Alexandra Albu At UFC Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - September 19, 2019 - UFC officially announces the signing of "Loma Lookboonmee", thefirst Thailand-born and trained athlete in the promotion's history. Loma debutsagainst Alexandra Albu at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA vs. ASKREN on October 26in Singapore.


The main event features two of themost talented grapplers to compete in the Octagon as No. 10-ranked welterweightcontender and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Demian Maia takes on No. 11-ranked formerOlympic wrestler Ben Askren.


Suphisara "Loma Lookboonmee"Konlak (3-1, fighting out of Buriram, Thailand) is the first Thailand-bornathlete in history signed to UFC. Born into a Muay Thai family, she firstcompeted at eight and later became a multiple-time Muay Thai champion with over200 bouts. Loma won nine titles, including the S-1 world title and AssawindamStadium championship, and was a member of the Thai national team, earning threeIMFA gold medals.


Alexandra Albu (7-1, fighting out of Moscow,Russia, by way of Vulcanesti, Moldova) was the first Moldovan to compete inUFC. UFC Singapore marks her fourth match in the promotion, as she looks torebound from her first professional loss in February. Prior to her MMA career,Albu studied Judo and competed as a black belt in Karate before becoming aCrossFit and powerlifting champion in Russia.


"We are proud to host a match betweentwo groundbreakers in the sport of MMA, Loma Lookboonmee as the first athletefrom Thailand, and Alexandra Albu as the first from Moldova," said Kevin Chang,UFC Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific. "Both women have proven that eachcan take her specific martial arts base and translate it effectively into adominant MMA style."

Announced bouts on the cardinclude:

UFCFIGHT NIGHT: MAIA vs. ASKREN on October 26 marks the second ofthree events in a multi-year partnership with Singapore Tourism Board andSingapore Sports Hub. The event will be live at the Singapore Indoor Stadium,prelims starting at 5pm SGT and main card scheduled at 8pm. Tickets areavailable at SportsHubtix.sg.


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