After just a few months of training MMA, Loma Lookboonmee has been signed to Invicta Fighting Championships and is set to make her debut this weekend.
Loma will make her debut in the atomweight division against American Mellissa Wang. Wang is 1-0 as a professional and fights out of AKA in San Jose. Loma’s teammate and training partner Mallory Martin will also be on the card. She fights in the strawweight division and will take on fellow American Tiffany Masters.
A nine time champion in Muay Thai, multiple time IFMA Gold Medalist, and member of the Thai National team, Loma will make history as the first ever Thai National to fight for Invicta. And, with its new talent sharing deal with Pancrase it looks like the atomweight division will be expanding.
“Loma’s accomplishments in Muay Thai – being a multi-time world champion – are a great foundation for the transition she’s currently making to MMA,” said Shannon Knapp, President of Invicta FC.
“At only 21-years-old, with how quickly her coaches say she’s picking up the grappling concepts, the sky’s the limit. We’re excited to be introducing a fighter of her caliber to Invicta’s atomweight division.”
Loma is currently fighting out of Tiger Muay Thai under head MMA coach George Hickman. She works jujitsu with Alex Schild, and wrestling with George’s brother Frank Hickman and is set to make her professional debut with Invicta later this year.
While fighting Muay Thai again isn’t completely out of the picture, Loma has put a lot of time and energy into her transition and is not currently looking to compete. This huge step forward in her career is also a huge step forward for the Thai MMA scene, according to George Hickman.
“Loma signing with Invicta is huge,” he said.
“Not only for her but for all Thais, especially coming from someone of such high pedigree in Muay Thai. We are starting to see more and more Thais from Muay Thai backgrounds transition into MMA.
“I don’t think it is easy for them, especially to become successful right away, but with Loma I think it’s very possible. It’s only a matter of time before we see Thailand start producing high level MMA fighters and I see Loma at the forefront.”