ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang impressed, but sees nothing new with old foe Lowen Tynanes
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2019 03:38 PM
"In my opinion he's the same fighter. I think the stoppage came a bit early. Tynanes' punches weren't landing clean and round one was coming to an end." - Eduard Folayang
Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang kept a close eye on Lowen Tynanes when the American shared the cage with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario.
Folayang certainly was not surprised with what he saw.
Tynanes had an impressive outing as he stopped Banario in the quarterfinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix at ONE: HERO'S ASCENT last Friday, 25 January at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The undefeated American grappler used his superior wrestling to take Banario down, before unleashing relentless ground and pound to get the stoppage in the first round.
"Lowen Tynanes' performance was good, but it was the same style as before. He will take you to the ground and punish you from there," said Folayang.
"If you compare my fight with him and Honorio, his style is the same. He's still strong and powerful,” he added.
"In my opinion he's the same fighter. I think the stoppage came a bit early. Tynanes' punches weren't landing clean and round one was coming to an end."
But before being one of the favorites to win the Grand Prix, Tynanes made a name for himself when he beat Folayang in 2012.
Just in the second match of his professional career, Tynanes shocked the Philippines when he finished the beloved Folayang also in the first round.
Folayang sees nothing has changed for his old foe, as he instantly reverts to his wrestling the moment he gets tagged on his feet.
But what makes him even more dangerous now is that he is already much more seasoned compared to six years ago.
"We really wanted to see what he's capable of, but when he took an elbow he already went for the takedown," Folayang shared.
"Honorio's performance was okay, but he wasn't able to perfectly execute the game plan. I think Tynanes' improvement is more on his in-cage IQ