Ben Tynan Plans on Taking Duke Didier’s ‘Head Off’ at ONE Fight Night 21

ONE
April 5, 2024
Ben Tynan is looking to maintain his perfect stoppage streak against Duke Didier at ONE on Prime Video 21.

Tynan (5-0) will take on Didier (8-2) at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok on April 5 in what will be his sophomore ONE Championship outing. Tynan made his promotional debut in November 2023 with a third-round submission win over Ji Won Kang, which was the longest “Vanilla Thunder” ever competed as a professional or amateur.

Looking back at the matchup, Tynan admits that Kang’s initial aggression took him by surprise.

“I thought I was going to have to bring the striking out, and he was what I was expecting,” the 30-year-old said during ONE Fight Night 21 media day. “Going into the fight, I figured a guy like that, he's probably going to be more cautious of my fighting. So I thought maybe he would like to stick with the jab, stay lower, and move, but he came out guns blazing, and it actually surprised me at first. And I was like, ‘Oh, cool, alright, I'll just take you down then.’ Because, you know, it's kind of the best setup for a takedown when a guy is really trying to swing on you. So yeah, I was able to take him down and go from there.”

While Tynan acknowledged his upcoming opponent’s “decent” clinch game, the undefeated heavyweight believes he can take the Australian’s “head off.”

“He seems like he's a decent grappler. You know? It seems like he's got maybe something of a clinch, and I'll give him that, it looks decent enough. But yeah, besides that, I don't know. I don't want to be too cocky, but I think I could ... I'm going to take this guy's head off.

“I say first-round finish, so I plan on taking his head off his shoulders. I want some big strikes. He doesn't really like to strike too much. You don't see much striking from him.”

Meanwhile, “The Duke of Canberra” will be looking to pick up his debut ONE Championship victory after coming up on the short side of a split decision against Jasur Mirzamukhamedov in his promotional debut in June 2022.

Tynan has already been rallying for a spot on the ONE 168 card, which goes down Denver’s Ball Arena in September. The American reiterated his call, also plotting a grand walkout.

“I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but I want a really cool entrance. That's what I really want, you know? And that's the only thing I know they did last time when they were here in Denver because I went just as a spectator. I remember seeing those entrances, the stage, the screens, and the smoke shoots out. And I remember going, ‘Damn it. I need an entrance like that.’ You know, with the music, it was the craziest show. So, if I could do that and be in a nice Ric Flair robe maybe just flowing in the wind. Yeah, and fighting's good too, but I think a lot about that. I don't know. I'm weird.”

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Ben-Tynan-Plans-on-Taking-Duke-Didiers-Head-Off-at-ONE-Fight-Night-21-193203

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