Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 26, of the United States is one of the professional fighters who have made Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a popular sport over the past decade. He continues to exhibit his skills in the sport as he made his transition to mixed martial arts.
On March 24, 2018, Tonon competed as a professional MMA fighter for the first time. When he made his ONE Championship debut “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, he knocked out Richard “Lion Heart” Corminal, 36, a Filipino fighter based in Malaysia, via punches and elbows.
After a successful MMA debut in ONE Championship, Tonon is eyeing for a second victory in the promotion. On July 27, 2018, he will compete in the lightweight division at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines against Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 26, an Indian fighter based in Singapore.
Tonon is a multiple-time No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion known for his unparalleled technical expertise of the grappling arts. He began wrestling when he was just 14 years old and eventually took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shortly after under world-renowned trainer Tom DeBlass.
In 2008, Tonon won his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world title at the age of 16. Throughout his grappling career, he was recognized as one of the top competitors in the world at every belt level.
In 2013, Tonon earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He continues to participate in the biggest grappling competitions today most notably the Eddie Bravo Invitational, among others.
Filipino fans of the grappling sport are in for a treat when ONE Championship hosts “ONE: Reign of Kings” featuring three legendary figures in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Aside from Tonon, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends Renzo Gracie, 51, of Brazil, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan are also on the card.
Aoki and Tonon previously competed in ONE Championship. Here is a clip from their bout: