Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and representing Team Renzo Gracie, Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 27, of New Jersey, United States maintained his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” It was his sixth victory in ONE Championship.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. In the sixth bout of the evening, Tonon fought judoka Yoshiki Nakahara, 26, of Tokyo, Japan in an MMA match in the featherweight division with Kemp Cheng as the referee.
Tonon flashed signs of his continuously improving striking game before ultimately targeting Nakahara’s leg for a submission attempt. The Evolve MMA fighter changed levels and dove in for his Japanese opponent’s leg as he secured a heel hook and forced the Japanese judoka to tap out in just 55 seconds.
Cheng put a stop to the featherweight contest after 55 seconds in the first round. Tonon secured a heel hook and forced Nakahara to tap out.
Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Tonon to 5 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Nakahara now has 13 wins and 5 losses.
Born in Lacey Township, New Jersey, on September 12, 1991, Tonon represents Team Renzo Gracie and is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He is a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion.
“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Tonon’s sixth ONE Championship bout and fifth professional MMA bout. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE Dynasty of Heroes” on May 26, 2017, he defeated former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in a grappling bout.
After the victory over Aoki and before facing Nakahara, Tonon defeated four opponents in MMA. They were Richard “Notorious” Corminal, 37, of the Philippines, Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 28, of India, Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea and Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, of Netherlands and Indonesia.
More photos from Tonon and Nakahara’s bout are on Top Sports Asia.