Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 26, of New Jersey, United States is set to see action on July 27, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on the main card of “ONE: Reign of Kings.” The multiple-time No Gi BJJ World Champion will face Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 26, of India.
Tonon began his martial arts career as a wrestler, competing extensively throughout grade school. He was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 14, enrolling at Tom DeBlass’ Ocean County BJJ and became one of DeBlass’ most dedicated students.
In 2008, Tonon won his first BJJ world title in the juvenile blue belt division. Today, he is one of the world’s most decorated grapplers, having won multiple tournaments across the globe.
The New Jersey native is a former International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Champion, two-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion, and four-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in early 2018, stopping Filipino Richard Corminal by second-round TKO.
“ONE: Reign of Kings” marks Tonon’s second ONE Championship bout as a professional mixed martial artist. For him, this time around, it is “a little more similar.”
“It’s a different country, the travel, the organization, the people you’re working with, the grappling and the hands, all these things that have happened previously,” Tonon explained. “It’s happening all over again. Every time it happens, it’s just a little bit more comfortable and normal.”
For Tonon, his most recent bout in ONE Championship was his “only real experience not only in mixed martial arts but also any striking in general.” He said, “It’s very foreign territory for me so building confidence in my abilities it’s a big struggle to say the least.”
“That’s why we spar pretty much every day,” the martial arts legend continued. “This isn’t something that I’ve been doing for my entire life. Jiu-Jitsu has, and I’ve been in martial arts for a long, long time for most of my life but the striking is so new. I’m just trying to get the rounds in every single day. I pretty much spar everyday leading up to the fight.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from one of Tonon’s previous ONE Championship bouts:
Ticket information for ONE: REIGN OF KINGS is available at www.onefc.com.