Prospect in the Spotlight (Dec 2-3): Lowen Tynanes

Introduction

Friday, December 2nd, American lightweight prospect Lowen Tynanes will be in action for One Championship, where he will be looking to get back into the win column against Lowen Tynanes. He will be looking for another win, as Tynanes looks to impress and inch toward a ONE Championship title shot. He represents Hawaii Elite MMA, a smaller camp in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”

Strengths

Top-Game Grappling: In terms of his jiu-jitsu and grappling from top position, Tynanes is very strong and has a strong submission base. His grip strength and choking ability is violent, as he’s able to coerce tapouts with seeming ease. In fact, four of his wins come by way of submission, all of which are either rear-naked chokes or arm-triangle chokes. From top position, he also has heavy ground-and-pound, especially once he cuts past full guard. He’s not bad off his back either, but he’d prefer to dominate from the top position.

Boxing: In addition to having strong grappling ability, Tynanes is also a heavy-handed striker with excellent boxing skills. He has good movement on the feet and cuts angles well to get in with his hands. I would like to see some more kicks from him, however his hands are educated, and he throws combos well enough to get away with it. Three of his wins come by knockout, although only two are on the feet. He also from time to time uses his hands as a way to set up his takedowns.

Needs Improvement

Counter-Wrestling: As we saw in his most recent fight, Tynanes can struggle when he’s going against a superior wrestler with relentless pressure. When he fought Marat Gafurov, he found success boxing him, but when Gafurov was able to clinch or force him to his back, he was outpointed. He certainly gave Gafurov a tough fight, as they fought to a split decision, but this is something he (and many other fighters) could tighten up.

Lack of Activity: I have been keeping an eye on Tynanes since about 2014. At that time, I saw him as a future star that was going to be a tough out for many guys in the future. That was 8 years ago. Since 2014, he is just 4-1, fighting less than one time a year. He had a near three-year gap at one point, fighting April of 2016 and not again until January of 2019. His last fight was in December of 2020, effectively giving him another near two-year gap. This man needs to have more activity, especially since he’s now 32 and effectively been a pro for 11 years (averaging one fight per year).

Outlook

Featured ONE Performer…If He Can Stay Active: Tynanes made his pro debut in 2011, so he’s been in the game a while. He’s a guy that I said years ago would be a contender at some point, but the man simply has not been active and that’s what is holding him back. Tynanes should be a featured performer for ONE Championship, as he has the skills and style to be a guy that is plastered on their event posters. If Tynanes can stay active after this fight, I think he can be a guy that makes a run in ONE and be a contender. If he continues to have a light schedule, I think he stays a guy that occasionally fights on their card, but fights on the prelims and opening bouts.

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