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New Jersey’s Garry Tonon earns 7th ONE Championship win, decisions Koyomi Matsushima at ‘ONE: Big Bang’ in Singapore

Garry Tonon

Garry Tonon

Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 29, of South Brunswick, New Jersey, United States was one of the winners at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Big Bang.” It was the American mixed martial artist’s seventh win in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion.

Training out of Team Renzo Gracie in Denville, New Jersey and Evolve MMA in Singapore, Tonon was one of the two fighters who represented the U.S. at “ONE: Big Bang,” which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 4, 2020. On the fight card were four MMA matches and three kickboxing contests.

In the co-main event of the evening, Tonon fought Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima (松嶋こよみ), 28, of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in an MMA fight in the featherweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Tonon, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Tonon is 178 cm tall. Matsushima, who is 5 cm shorter, trains out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama in Yokohama.

Beating Matsushima at “ONE: Big Bang” improved the professional MMA record of Tonon to 6 wins and 0 loss. His first ONE Championship win was a grappling bout against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki of Japan.

On the other hand, Matsushima now has 12 wins and 5 losses. The Japanese MMA fighter ranked third in ONE Championship’s featherweight MMA division prior to “ONE: Big Bang.”

A total of 13 countries were represented at “ONE: Big Bang” namely Armenia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the U.S. and Vietnam. Matsushima solely represented Japan.

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