Loma Lookboonmee wins UFC debut in Singapore

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The word “history” has been used a lot for Loma Lookboonmee, but for good reason.

The 23-year-old fighter from Buriram put on a dominant performance to win her UFC debut inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium early Saturday evening.

In a women’s strawweight clash, the Thai used her extensive Muay Thai to punish Alexandra Albu with perfectly-timed elbows, knees and kicks that left the Russian battered after the first five minutes.

As the second round kicked in, Loma’s reached deep into her Muay Thai and continued to push forward and do damage. Strong work in the clinch was a big part of her victory, with several nasty elbows and a jab that snapped Albu’s head back and bloodied her nose.

As the fight went on, Albu was able to land some solid shots of her own, but was warned early in the fight for holding the Thai’s shirt. Loma tore off the ripped shirt between rounds and came back with a vengeance.

“I’m proud and happy, but I’m not overly excited about my performance,” Loma admitted in a post-fight interview.

“I felt a little bit slow and I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be in the Octagon. For the next fight, I’m going to be doing a lot more fitness, because I’m the only female fighter in UFC without a six-pack.”

Loma’s win did come with a dose of curiosity. Despite the strong performance, judges awarded her a split decision.

The future for this Tiger Muay Thai prospect is indeed bright.

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