LOWEN TYNANES IS THE LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER WHO FANS IN ASIA NEVER FORGOT.
It has been two years since he last fought for ONE Championship, but whenever the top contenders in the lightweight division are being discusses the name of the Hawaiian is guaranteed to come up.
Tynanes holds a perfect professional record of 6-0 and has stopped both Felipe Enomoto and Vuyisile Colossa in the ONE cage as well as finishing Eduard Folayang in a fight for the URCC in the Philippines.
The 24 year-old seemingly had the MMA world at his feet in 2013 but spent nearly 18 months on the sidelines due to a contractual dispute with King of the Cage. It has now been resolved and this Friday night Tynanes returns to ONE to take on promotional newcomer Kuat Khamitov at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
He will be looking to get straight back into title contention with a seventh successive win and Tynanes admits that it is a relief to be able to fight for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion again.
“It feels good to be back in the big show and I can’t wait for May 22nd. The last couple of years have been a struggle but I’ve got no regrets.”
At ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ he is taking on a highly ranked opponent in Kazakhstan’s Kuat Khamitov and the Hawaiian knows that he has been handed a tough assignment for his comeback fight.
“I believe he is a good fighter and he definitely bring his A game but I have never been to Singapore and I’m excited for this experience.”
Headlining ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ is a lightweight title fight between Shinya Aoki and Koji Ando. The 155 lbs division is stacked with talent but a win for Tynanes on Friday night could well see him jump to the front of the queue.
Tynanes says ONE matchmaker Matt Hume hasn’t given him any guarantees but he believes he could be fighting for the belt before the end of the year.
“A lot of people are saying the winner of this fight will get a shot at the title so I just have to make sure the winner is me, then I guess we will find out if they are right or not!”
After going the distance on his pro debut Tynanes has finished his last five opponents with two TKOs and one submission. After such a prolonged absence from action in Asia the onus is on him to make a lasting impression when he fights in Singapore this Friday and the Hawaiian definitely won’t be playing a points game.
“I don’t know if I need to make an impression but I believe in finishing fights and pushing myself to the limits inside the cage, if that’s what you mean by impression.”
Tynanes debut fight took place on a Heat card in Japan back in 2011 and was notable because his Father Miles also fought. Both won and the 24 year old says that the heavyweight who retired with a 4-2-1 record is still a major influence on his fighting career.
“Every chance he has he will give me fighting advice. He taught and guided me into this sport and I dedicate it all to him.”
During his prime BJ Penn was one of the the best pound for pound fighter on the planet and Hawaii has continued to produce successful mixed martial artists with the likes of max Holloway, Louis Smolka and Travis Browne all currently making waves in the UFC.
Tynanes says that even though he’s only had one fight in the last two years he has been busy helping his team mates to prepare and has stayed in shape.
“I’ve been training hard at Team Hawaii Elite MMA with a bunch of Hawaiian braddahs just helping all the boys out with training camps and trying to better myself in everything I do.”
The prospect of facing a new, improved Tynanes is one lightweights on the ONE roster won’t relish. He’s in for arguably the toughest test of his career against the experienced Khamitov but if the Hawaiian can emerge with his undefeated record unscathed a title shot will definitely be on the agenda.