Kuat Khamitov announced yesterday on his Facebook page that he would be fighting Lowen Tynanes on May 2, 2015.
May 2nd will be one of ONE FC’s three previously announced dates in China, specifically the historic city of Xi’an. Khamitov said he agreed to the match, however the bout has not been confirmed by Tynanes nor officially announced by the promotion.
Khamitov hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan and trained at Phuket Top Team. He has a strong record of 11-3 and rides a six fight win street that culminated in the Lightweight Championship of Alash Pride, after beating Baz Mohammad in SFL, and three back to back wins in China’s RUFF.
Tynanes is a 6-0 hot prospect from Hawaii, USA. If the match is indeed set, it indicates Tynanes’ vocal dispute with KOTC that resulted in a shorter contract between the two has come to a close. He would be returning to ONE FC for the first time in 2 years, since his last appearance with a first round KO of Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC 9.
Both of these men are finishers, and strong up and comers from their respective regions. Khamitov’s career has skyrocketed as his skills have improved. RUFF watched him dismantle and brutalize 3 opponents. His return to Kazakhstan for the belt was a huge surge in his popularity in-country.
Similarly, Tynanes has put on amazing performances. He beat up favorite Eduard Folayang in the latter’s return to the URCC to defend his belt when Tynanes was just 1-0. Then in ONE FC, one of the best fights in the promotions record saw Tynanes and Vuyisile Colossa go three rounds of non-stop brutality in every aspect of MMA, culminating in Tynanes choking out the South African in the closing seconds.
Press release from February 27, 2015:
ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES NEXT THREE EVENTS IN CHINA
ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS SET TO BE HELD IN XIAN ON 2 MAY, GUANGZHOU ON 30 MAY AND SHENYANG ON 12 JUNE
27 February 2015 – Singapore: Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has announced that the next three events in China will take place in Xian, Guangzhou and Shenyang. ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS will be held in these cities on 2 May, 30 May and 12 June respectively. The events are part of a ten-city tour across mainland China in partnership with IMC Live.