The Philippines and the United States were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.
Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, USA competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals.
Tynanes is a former KOTC Light Welterweight Champion and is a Hawaii state champion wrestler. He owns victories over some of the lightweight division’s best including Rasul Yakhyaev, Koji Ando and even current ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.
Following a nearly three-year break, Tynanes was ready to resume his career. At “ONE: Hero’s Ascent,” he entered the cage as an undefeated fighter.
Training out of Team Lakay, Banario is a former ONE Featherweight World Champion. He has experienced a career resurgence ever since moving up to the lightweight division.
Prior to “ONE: Hero’s Ascent,” the Team Lakay won six of his last seven bouts. He is considered one of the top competitors in the weight class.
Yuji Shimada served as the referee of the MMA bout between Tynanes and Banario in the lightweight division. After 4 minutes and 46 seconds in the first round, the referee put a stop to the contest.
Tynanes knocked Banario via strikes. This marked the sixth time the Hawaiian fighter won in ONE Championship.
By winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent,” Tynanes improved his professional MMA record to 10 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Banario now has 14 wins and 8 losses.
“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Event
In the main event of the evening, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The Brazilian challenger won via unanimous decision after five rounds.
Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand and Tunisia were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.