Garry Tonon has dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world for several years.
Now, he wants to do the same inside the ONE Championship MMA cage.
Tonon makes his MMA debut against Richard Corminal next week at ONE: Iron Will from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It is the natural evolution in my career as a grappler,” Tonon said. “I have achieved all that I have set out to do in the world of Jiu-Jitsu, and now I am ready to take on a new challenge.”
The 26-year-old American grappler scored a victory over Shinya Aoki in a grappling super-match last year for ONE with a heel-hook. Tonon started in BJJ at 14 following a run in wrestling.
In 2013, he was awarded his black belt from Tom DeBlass and Ricardo Almeida. Tonon has captured multiple IBJJF No-Gi world titles in different belts, along with titles at the Eddie Bravo Invitational and Metamoris.
“I am excited to begin my ONE Championship career, and proud to showcase my skills on the biggest global stage of competition,” he stated. “I do not know what will happen in the match, but I am so excited because I like challenges. Success is a future for only those able to see the value in facing challenges. Surely, I will exert tremendous effort in this new career path of mine.
“When I found Jiu-Jitsu, I realized that if I wanted to be good at this, I needed to put the actual work in. I will do the same thing in the new chapter of my martial arts career because I really do want to be the best at this,” he assured. “By heart, I will always be a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. There are so many great athletes who paved the way for young competitors like me and made these two sports what it is today. I will represent the art of Jiu-Jitsu with pride inside the cage.”