After impressing the world as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 27, is making a name as a mixed martial artist. Fighting out of New Jersey, United States, he is currently signed with Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship.
Born in New Jersey on September 12, 1991, Tonon trains at Renzo Gracie Academy and Danaher Death Squad. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a five-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion.
Tonon made his ONE Championship debut on May 26, 2018 at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes,” which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. He submitted former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizouka, Japan at 7:47 in a submission-only Grappling Super-Match.
But it was on March 24, 2018 when Tonon made his professional MMA debut. He faced Richard “Notorious” Corminal of the Philippines and Malaysia in the lightweight division at “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the lightweight bout between Tonon and Corminal at 3:40 of the second round. The New Jersey native knocked out his Malaysia-based Filipino opponent via punches and elbows.
On July 27, 2018, Tonon returned in the ONE Championship cage. He faced Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 26, of Kerala, India in the lightweight division at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Coste was also the referee in the lightweight bout between Tonon and Raju. The referee put a stop to the contest at 3:27 of the third round when the American contender submitted his Indian opponent via rear-naked choke.
For the third time, Tonon competed in the ONE Championship cage on November 9, 2018. He faced Sung Jong Lee, 33, of Cheonan, South Korea at “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
In the sixth bout of the evening, Tonon and Lee competed in the featherweight division. Coste, who was the referee, put a stop to the contest at 2:04 of the second round when the American fighter submitted his Korean opponent via guillotine choke.
While Tonon now holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss, Lee’s record dowgraded to 2 wins and 3 losses. Watch all the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” bouts here: