ONE Championship: Honorio Banario eager to test himself against Lowen Tynanes
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 04, 2019 11:41 AM
"This will be a good bout because this will test if I have really improved my wrestling. Lowen Tynanes is something else, he has good wrestling and a high-level athlete,”
Honorio "The Rock" Banario wanted to share the stage with some of the best lightweights that ONE Championship has to offer, and he got exactly what he wished for.
It was announced on Thursday, 3 January that the Team Lakay representative is slated to duke it out with American phenom Lowen Tynanes at ONE: HERO'S ASCENT, which emanates from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 25 January.
The scheduled three-round bout between Banario and Tynanes is part of the highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
Banario, who previously held the ONE Featherweight World Title, is longing to test how far his current skill set has gone.
The 29-year-old native of Mankayan, Benguet feels that he found the perfect opponent in Tynanes, making a promise to leave no stone unturned in training to emerge victorious.
"This will be a good bout because this will test if I have really improved my wrestling. Lowen Tynanes is something else, he has good wrestling and a high-level athlete,” Banario stated.
“He's a very well-rounded martial artist, who is yet to be defeated.”
Hailing from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Tynanes is an undefeated lightweight competitor who holds an immaculate record of 9-0 with four wins by submission and two by knockout.
Using an aggressive striking approach and no-frills wrestling techniques to subdue his opponents inside the cage, Tynanes has defeated some of the biggest names in the Asian mixed martial arts scene, including Banario’s teammate Eduard Folayang.
"It's a big challenge for me to face him. My team was surprised when we found out that he will be my first opponent for the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix,” Banario revealed.
“But we have a lot of time for training, so we can come up with a game plan to beat him. I will be prepared for him."
Banario is coming off a hard-earned unanimous decision victory over Singapore-based Indian stalwart Rahul Raju at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS last November.
“The Rock” knows that he will have his hands full against Tynanes, but with the help of his team, Banario is confident that he could pass the acid test with flying colors.
"I have huge respect for him as a mixed martial artist," he said. "I think Tynanes will attempt to take me down, so I have to defend his takedowns and do my best to keep it standing.”
“I am hoping for a favorable outcome in this bout.”