At just 22 years old, Hawaiian lightweight Lowen Tynanes had already made a name for himself in the Pan-Asian fight scene with hard-fought bouts in Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia.
But now he’s ready to make a name for himself in the mainland U.S., starting with his recent King of the Cage title victory over Kris Armbrister at the Sam Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif.
“Going in there we were mentally and physically ready and prepared. I knew what I had to do to bring home the victory,” he said. “I think I did pretty well. I went in there and stuck to the game plan. I knew he was a real tall, lanky guy and was kind of a brawler, so I stuck the game plan and took him down and ended it quick.”
With finishes in his last three fights, Tynanes has continued to step up to the level of his opposition as he furthers his career.
“The competition has been getting tougher for sure,” he said. “I don’t take any opponent lightly. But everyone is different and everyone has gotten harder.
“It’s a fight and I always go out there and try not to lose and beat my opponent before he beats me. I want to just keep moving forward, keep winning and dominate.”
Tynanes doesn’t have long to enjoy his title victory as he’s returning to One FC and then back to KOTC shortly thereafter.
“We go to Manila on May 31 for One FC and then in June or July we go back to King of the Cage to defend my title,” he said.
“It keeps me motivated and keeps me hungry knowing that I’ve got to stay busy and I’ve always got to be learning. It’s a good thing for sure.”
Tynanes doesn’t lack for motivation, as he told MMAWeekly.com that being a champion only makes him want to push his journey farther in the coming year.
“It feels awesome (to be a champion), but it’s just the beginning,” he said. “It keeps me more motivated and reaching for the stars.
“I intending on turning heads, living my dream and being a fighting champion.”
(Photo courtesy of Lowen Tynanes)