HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three years ago, Ewa Beach native Lowen Tynanes was on the doorstep of a title shot in One Championship’s lightweight division.
Undefeated at 9-0 coming off a decision victory over Koji Ando, Tynanes’ career was about to take off. However, a series of injuries began to pile up for the Hawaiian, including a herniated disk in his back.
Over two and a half years later, Tynanes finally returned to the cage this past weekend in One Championships’ Lightweight Grand Prix in Manila and left his mark, defeating former ONE Championship featherweight champion Honorio Banario by first round TKO.
“Honestly, my expectations were very wide. I didn’t know what the end result - how it was going to happen. I knew i had the intention of winning,” Tynanes said Tuesday morning after returning home from the Philippines. “That’s always the ultimate goal. I didn't know how, I just knew I had a lot of build up. A lot of physical build up. I got to release a bunch, but there’s still lots left.”
Staying injury-free is a challenge for any mixed-martial artists, particularly for Tynanes who credited his strict training regimen as the reason for his success back in the cage.
“The preparation was amazing. I’ve been enjoying every single moment. Actually being able to step back in the cage after two and a half plus years, I can’t even describe the feeling,” he said. “If you watch the video and you look at my expressions, you can kind of justify for yourself.”
Despite being sidelined for nearly years as he nursed back to health, Tynanes came out of the Banario fight healthy, and has already already returned to his gym at Hawaii Elite MMA in Waipahu.
“I was sore the day off and we just got home so I’m acclimating back to Hawaii time … right back to the gym,” Tynanes said. “Came here to train last night, went to yoga, stretched out, felt very good. I’m addicted. I’m re-addicted. It’s my first love and I got it back.”
Now 10-0 with seven finishes in his career, the 28-year-old advanced to the semi finals of the One Championship Lightweight Grand Prix where he awaits the winner of Timofey Nastyukhin and former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.
Regardless of who wins that fight, Tynanes will be ready to continue his march toward a title fight. But he was very candid in his response to the possibility of being able to take down the promotion’s new poster boy at 170 pounds.
“That would be amazing,” Tynanes said of fighting Alvarez. “I think he's going to win his fight. And I think I’ll end up facing Eddie before this year ends. If not, I think mid year depending how well he does in his fight.”
The Nastyukhin vs. Alvarez bout doesn’t have a set date yet, but Tynanes said he believes he’ll fight the winner in 2019. And in terms of fight promotion, Tynanes isn’t about to engage with a war of words with any fighter in his division either, especially against a fighter like Alvarez who he has a tremendous amount of respect for.
“It’ll be all-time. The guy’s a legend. He’s been there, done that,” Tynanes said. “I believe he’s at the top, if not the back-half of his career. And I’m on the rise so we’ll see what happens.”
Tynanes is on the rise, but he’s not alone. And he’s proud to be apart of the “Hawaiian Wave” taking over the fight game.
“My dad says it’s the water,” Tynanes said as the reason for Hawaii’s success in MMA. “It’s the water that comes down here. For me though, personally, I think all of Hawaii we got hammers. We got hammers everywhere. Just not all of them have been exposed yet. That’s the thing. This new era of Hawaiian fighters, this is the future. And everybody will see, for sure.”