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Garry Tonon

EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon explains how the Danaher Death Squad has changed BJJ, MMA

Mike Straus - January 10, 2019

In recent years the sport of jiu-jitsu has exploded in popularity and right at the forefront of the movement is Garry Tonon. A grappler by trade, Tonon recently dove head first into MMA, going 3-0 under the ONE Championship banner. Having competed in countless grappling and BJJ tournaments “The Lion Killer”, as he is known, believes we are just now starting to see the true essence of jiu-jitsu.

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Garry Tonon

EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon wants ONE featherweight title, then lightweight bouts with stars like Alvarez, Aoki

Tom Taylor - November 27, 2018

When BJJ whiz Garry Tonon submitted South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee at ONE: Heart of the Lion earlier this month, he improved to an impressive 3-0 as a mixed martial artist. Thus far, the the five-time EBI Grappling Champion has drifted between the 155-pound ONE featherweight division, and the 170-pound ONE lightweight division. And from the sounds of it, he could continue floating between both divisions.

Colby Covington
Demetrious Johnson

BJPENN.COM Radio Ep. 105 // Demetrious Johnson | Yancy Medeiros | Garry Tonon | Christian Lee

Jason Kindschy - November 23, 2018

Demetrious Johnson joins us to have an in-depth discussion regarding his UFC departure and subsequent signing with ONE Championship. The pound-for-pound king will give us the inside scoop as to how this deal got done, his thoughts on the challenges he faces against an entirely new roster of opponents, and why Demetrious believes his talents will be far better appreciated by the Asian fans. You’ll also hear the latest on his involvement with ONE Championship’s pursuance of the E-Sports market, his reaction to the UFC’s dissolving the flyweight division, and a whole lot more from “Mighty Mouse.”

Garry Tonon
Garry Tonon

EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon on foe Sung Jong Lee: 'I see him forcing it to the ground pretty quickly'

Tom Taylor - November 6, 2018

At ONE: HEART OF THE LION, which goes down on November 9 in Singapore, five-time EBI Grappling Champion Garry Tonon will look to improve to 3-0 in the mixed martial arts arena as he takes on South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee. Tonon, as always, has done his research heading in to this fight. And having reviewed Lee’s tape, he feels there’s a good chance the South Korean will actually try to drag the fight to the mat — something that many other fighters would likely to find unthinkable, given Tonon’s incredible submission ability. Lee has submitted three of his six opponents (all with heel hooks), and Tonon believes he might look to do the same in Singapore.

Garry Tonon, Dillon Danis
Garry Tonon

Garry Tonon discusses potential MMA fight with Dillon Danis

Tom Taylor - August 22, 2018

BJJ star Garry Tonon is now 2-0 in mixed martial arts, having bested Richard Corminal and Rahul Raju under the ONE Championship banner. In roughly the same timeframe, another star of the BJJ world, Dillon Danis, has moved to 1-0 in MMA, having made a successful debut with a submission Kyle Walker under the Bellator banner. Given that both BJJ stars are beginning their MMA careers at the same time, much has been made about a potential fight between them. Apparently, this is something Garry Tonon himself has considered.

Garry Tonon
Garry Tonon

EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon not motivated by money ahead of MMA debut

Tom Taylor - March 23, 2018

This weekend, BJJ ace Garry Tonon will make his anticipated MMA debut, as he’s set to battle Richard Corminal at ONE:IRON WILL. While “The Lion Killer’s” move to MMA might look like a scheme to make more money in a more mainstream sport, this actually isn’t his main motivator.

Colby Covington
Bibiano Fernandes

BJPENN.COM Radio Ep. 75 // Duane Ludwig | Artem Lobov | Justin Willis | Garry Tonon | Bibiano Fernandes | Martin Nguyen | Dhiego Lima

Jason Kindschy - March 22, 2018

Another STACKED episode of BJPENN.COM Radio has arrived, Penn Nation! We kick things off with our good friend, Duane Ludwig. “Bang” will give us his thoughts on the stalled negotiations for a super-fight between TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson, how he plans to help Curtis Blaydes prepare for Alistair Overeem, and we’ll also hear the latest in his journey of instructing martial arts students and helping them rise to their full potential.

Garry Tonon Shinya Aoki
Garry Tonon

Garry Tonon Talks About His Upcoming MMA Debut at ONE Championship

Justin Golightly - November 18, 2017

Garry Tonon has some amazing achievements under his black belt. He’s beat names like Dillon Danis, AJ Agazarm, Ralek Gracie After winning multiple International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) No-Gi world titles and becoming a multiple time three-division champion at the Eddie Bravo Invitational, grappling stud Garry Tonon has finally decided to transition into MMA. His ONE Championship debut has yet to be announced, but Tonon recently opened up about his shift in focus to MMA in a new interview.   “The reason why I’m switching over now it’s because I’ve done quite a bit in my jiu-jitsu career. I could’ve transitioned to MMA potentially earlier, but the right offer wasn’t necessarily on the table. I was very much still focused on grappling, and there were still a few things that I wanted to do. I wanted to get that last ADCC out of the way, and it’s hard to split my focus between grappling and mixed martial arts. I always told people when I was coming up in jiu-jitsu that I was interested in fighting, but that I wanted to get good at jiu-jitsu first before starting mixed martial arts, and I think that I’m kind of good at jiu-jitsu now.”