When Lowen Tynanes fights, he wins. The problem is that the Hawaiian is very rarely fit enough to compete and it has taken him eight years to put together a 10-0 professional record.

The latest in a series of setbacks came when he was forced to withdraw from ONE Championship’s ongoing Lightweight Grand Prix. The 28 year old had booked his spot in the semi final after inflicting a one sided beatdown on former champion Honorio Banario.

Tynanes took to Instagram this week to reveal that he has developed an autoimmune disease called spondyloarthritis:


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Tynanes has spent virtually his entire career competing in Asia. He’s won six fights out of six for ONE Championship and has beaten two of the promotion’s former title holders in Banario and Eduard Folayang, with both wins coming inside a round.

The Hawaiian beat Banario after a three year break from competitive action. Tynanes showed absolutely no signs of ring rust and put on a dominant display at ONE: ‘Hero’s Ascent’ to book a spot in the semi finals of the Lightweight Grand Prix.

Unfortunately he was forced to withdraw from the tournament, along with semi finalists Timofey Nastyukhin and Ariel Sexton. That left Saygid Arslanaliev, who faces Eddie Alvarez at ONE: ‘Century’, as the only successful quarter finalist in the competition.

By beating Banario so comprehensively Tynanes proved that he can still be a dominant force in the division. He also demonstrated that he could pick up his fighting career where he left off despite a long layoff.

That is something the 28 year old will need to do again.