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Lowen Tynanes on verge of a title shot after submission win at ONE: 'Kingdom of Khmer'

Lowen Tynanes remains undefeated after a third round submission win against Rasul Yakhyaev in Cambodia. The Hawaiian dominated the ONE: 'Kingdom of Khmer' main event from start to finish before sinking in a rear naked choke early in the third round.

From the start of the fight, Tynanes set out his stall to take Yakhyaev down and they spent long periods of time clinching against the cage, looking to drop for single or double legs and landing the occasional knee or punch to the midsection.

When Tynanes finally did get the fight down in round one, he immediately looked to lock in a guillotine but run our of time. The second stanza followed a similar pattern with the Hawaiian pressing Yakhyaev up against the cage and eventually securing a takedown with 90 seconds remaining in the round.

The Russian was constantly defending takedowns and had no opportunity to launch his own offence. It was a thankless task that probably took its toll on Yakhyaev because by round three, he was powerless to prevent Tynanes from landing a double leg takedown.

This time, the Hawaiian was able to capitalize and took Yakhyaev's back and sank in a rear naked choke which after a few adjustments forced the Russian to tap. The win takes Tynanes to 8-0 and surely leaves him in pole position for a shot at reigning champion Shinya Aoki. His opponent drops to 9-3.

In the co-main event Anatpong Bunrad went up against Gianni Subba. The Thai flyweight started stronger, repeatedly switching stance and tagging the Malaysian with low kicks a couple of which strayed too close to the groin area of his opponent.

Subba seemed to be struggling to find his range, but in the second round, another inside leg kick from Bunrad landed too close to the groin area and he needed time to recover. Despite being on a final warning, the Thai continued to fight southpaw and continued to throw the inside leg kick.

Inevitably, another low blow followed and this time the referee did issue a yellow card. Subba started to have more success in the third round as he started to tag the Thai with crisp one-two combinations. Bunrad continued to land kicks to the body and head and both men were hoping to have their hand raised when the fight finished.

Ultimately, the yellow card would cost Bunrad the fight as two of the three judges awarded the contest to Subba. The split decision win was his seventh in the ONE Championship cage and takes him to 7-1 overall while the Thai fighter drops to 5-2.

The most dramatic moment of the night cam in a contest between Chan Heng (8-3) and Mario Wirawan (5-2). The Cambodian is a veteran of numerous Kun Khmer fights but he walked into a right hand right from the opening bell and was dropped with the Indonesian following up with a soccer kick for a record breaking 6 second TKO finish.

Official results for ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER

Lightweight bout: Lowen Tynanes defeats Rasul Yakhyaev by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:42 minutes of round 3

Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Anatpong Bunrad by Split Decision

Bantamweight bout: Mario Satya Wirawan defeats Chan Heng by Knockout at 0:06 minutes of round 1

Bantamweight bout: Chan Rothana defeats Sam Ang Dun by TKO (Strikes) at 4:30 minutes of round 1

Bantamweight bout: Meas Meu defeats Chan Sam Art by TKO (Strikes) at 1:14 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Sim Bunsrun defeats Khon Sichan by Submission (Armbar) at 4:55 minutes of round 1

Female atomweight bout: Jeet Toshi defeats Tharoth Sam by Unanimous Decision

Featherweight bout: Sor Sey defeats Chim Chetra by TKO (Strikes) at 1:12 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout: Rin Saroth defeats Mission Ali by Submission (Armbar) at 3:52 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Vy Srey Khouch defeats Eh Ya Nut by Split Decision

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