After three years of being away in the cage, American Lowen Tynanes showed no rust, dominating former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario in the co-main event of ONE: Hero’s Ascent, Friday evening.
With the win, Tynanes – who is now 10-0 in his career – will advance to the semifinals of the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix. He will face the winner of the Eddie Alvarez-Timofey Nastyukhin bout on ONE: A New Era.
“I saw the brackets. I’m gonna take out your poster boy. Whoever will advance will get it,” declared the Hawaiian wrestler.
But for now, he is simply enjoying the moment since, after dealing with a serious back injury, he is back where he belongs.
“Like I said, I’m excited. This is just the start. But I’ll enjoy this moment. It’s great to be back in Manila,” added Tynanes, who fought for URCC before.
And just as he did with Eduard Folayang back in December of 2012, Tynanes overwhelmed Banario, taking him down early.
With a minute left, Tynanes trapped Banario with a crucifix and rained short forearms. Though Banario was able to kip back up, the American quickly took him down before pouring in punches from the back, to call for the stoppage with 14 seconds left in the opening round.
“They’re all warriors. I’m a fan, he’s a warrior. It’s an honor to be with the cage with him,” Tynanes remarked about Banario.
Banario suffered his second loss in the lightweight division, falling to 14-8.