Report: Fighter Says Coach Illegally Forged Contract
Lightweight Lowen Tynanes, out of Hawaii, had an impressive streak of four wins in under six months.
But due to a contract dispute that is based on an allegation of forgery, he hasn’t competed since May, 2013. King of the Cage says it has a three-year contract with the fighter, but Tynanes said he never signed it and will not honor it.
“I originally signed a 6-fight deal with ONE FC over 2 years, which my coach Kai Kamaka and KOTC owner Terry Trebilcock set up.” Tynanes told Bloody Elbow. “Me not knowing how close they really were was naive! I was offered a title fight by Terry and immediately took it. I was not thinking of pay or opponent, (nor did I) think my coach would handle things like he did, because I trusted him. After winning that bout, I got paid 1,000 to fight and 1,000 to win. For a KOTC title fight, I felt like I got ripped off, so I told Kai ‘I don’t want to compete for KOTC, they’re cheap’.”
“Out of thin air, KOTC sends me emails and text messages telling me I’m obligated to KOTC with contract, and I need to compete. Me not knowing, I was kinda laughing because they sounded silly. They then sent me a copy of the contract that looks nothing like my signature, telling me ‘We have you for three years. We have first rights over you and ONE FC can’t do anything unless KOTC says so.'”
“I feel violated and hopeless trying to find an attorney that wants to go to war with me. I haven’t heard anything from ONE FC yet but I don’t think I will be competing anytime soon”
“When I told my attorney the situation, he sent KOTC a letter asking to be released due to a false contract or we will be forced to sue them for forgery. They didn’t reply with care, simply stating they have full rights no matter what. KOTC simply won’t budge. They don’t feel threatened enough to do anything. That is why I am on the bench”
“I have never signed anything with KOTC! I got offered the title fight, fought, and then they tried to make me fight again but I refused. Honestly, I don’t know who signed the contract with KOTC, but I’m being punished for it. Terry and Kai were working together, and they worked out something behind my back, but I’m 1000% sure I didn’t sign anything with them. I was set up in a bad way.”
“I am no longer with that coach Kai Kamaka. I got away from him after finding out everything. I haven’t talked to him, but my father and his attorney has, and he says he has no clue about anything.”
Bloody Elbow’s Anton Tabuena who has reported on the issue, obtained copies of the signature on the contract, and the fighters’ actual signature.
Kamaka said that he was directed by Tynanes to sign the contract on the fighter’s behalf.
“I asked if he was able was able to email back the contract to KOTC and he replied ‘No, because I don’t have a scanner,'” Kamaka told BloodyElbow. “I asked him if he wanted me to sign for him and email it back for him and he replied, ‘If can coach’, meaning yes. I told Lowen that I would do it since I had a scanner. I would like to see Lowen in the cage as well. I believe he has the potential to be the next BJ Penn for Hawaii and I have said this time and time again. I honestly believe things just moved a lot faster then he expected and now that it has, he is trying to capitalize on the moment. If it were not for KOTC opening up opportunities for Lowen, he would still be fighting in small amateur shows. KOTC kick started his career by giving him the URCC fight and the ONEFC contract to represent KOTC. With that being said, I wish Lowen all the best for his future.”
KOTC founder Terry Trebilcock tells a different story.
“The story Lowen’s father would like to tell you is that Lowen is a victim,” said Trebilcock. “They claim that his manager and trainer Kai Kamaka of the 808 fight factory signed the KOTC contract, on his behalf, so they feel they are not obligated to fulfill it. What they don’t tell you is: 1. Lowen has followed and competed under the terms of the contract, as if the contract was enforceable, and 2. Not only did Lowen acknowledge the KOTC contract (in his ONE FC contract) but he signed and reaffirmed with his initials that he understood he was presently under a three year contract with King of the Cage. KOTC will at all cost continue to exercise its rights that Lowen has signed and initialed for more than once.”
As it stands, KOTC will allow Tynanes to fight for ONE FC, but is insistent that he defend his title as well. The disputed contract does not expire until December of 2015.