ONE: Lowen Tynanes triumphant in return from serious injury
MANILA, Philippines—Lowen Tynanes proved he’s back and ready for the title picture when he put on a dominant display in ONE: Hero’s Ascent to take the technical knockout win over Honorio Banario in the quarterfinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
The undefeated lightweight finished the match against Banario 4:46 into the first round with a vicious ground-and-pound in what he said was the culmination of nearly three years of preparation.
Tynanes (10-0) was sidelined with a back injury that almost ended his career after he defeated Koji Ando in April of 2016.
Since then, Tynanes used his layoff to become slow down and get a different perspective in life.
“I live in the gym and when it was taken away from me due to injury. I went to school, I setup a foundation, and I donated a lot of my time to my little sister,” said Tynanes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Tynanes had a recurring back injury since his high school days but his fight with Ando further aggravated it when he suffered herniated disks that was almost, to some extent, some type of sciatica that left a painful sensation on his lower back down to his buttocks.
It was during this time that Tynanes further patched things up with his mother whom he lived with until second grade when his parents split up.
“Mixed martial arts is my first love, and it’s always been my number one desire. I really got to see things from different angles. I went back to school, I worked on myself, my relationship with my mom, my family and traveled a bunch,” said Tynanes.
“My little sister is turning two, and I found happiness in other things. But I’m back to my first love and the love was never gone. I took a little break and I’m physically ready again.”