|Lowen Tynanes connected on elbow shots on Honorio Banario's face. One Championship|
By Ivan Saldajeno
PASAY--Lowen Tynanes made a triumphant return to One Championship on Friday night, knocking out Honorio Banario in the first match of the One Lightweight Grand Prix, the co-main event of One: Hero's Ascent at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Fighting for the first time after a two-year break, Tynanes showed no rust, showcasing his renowned ground game on Banario and forcing the stoppage to stay perfect after 10 matches.
After both fighters started out slow, Tynanes found an opening to take Banario down to the canvas two minutes into Round 1.
Banario got a chance to get out of Tynanes' grappling hold, but the latter took the former down again and turned to the ground-and-pound, forcing Yuji Shimada to stop the fight with just 14 seconds left in the said round.
Tynanes will face the winner of the March 31 showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Timofey Nastyhukin in the semifinals of the Grand Prix, where a future world title shot is at stake.
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