Garry Tonon is one of the most respected grapplers and Brazilian jiu-jitsu experts in the world right now, but he has yet to compete in professional MMA.
However, that is about to change as Tonon is now preparing to make his pro MMA debut and is doing so with the One Championship promotion.
“I am thrilled to be able to finally announce my arrival in ONE Championship,” Tonon said in a statement provided by One Championship. “It is the natural evolution in my career as a grappler. 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. I am excited to begin my ONE Championship career, and proud to showcase my skills on the biggest global stage of competition.”
There is currently no debut date or opponent yet for Tonon, who has previously competed in a special grappling match with Shinya Aoki at One Championship: Dynasty Of Heroes.
Tonon recently posted an image on Instagram showing his training partners as he prepares for his debut fight:
My MMA journey begins, not a bad crew to start it with. Very excited to help out with #GSPvsBisbing camp #Repost @georgesstpierre (@get_repost) ・・・ Im lucky to have an all star team to train with today. Thanks to @FrancisCarmont, @yukinoriakazawa, @mark_cerrone, @carl_massaro, @jakeshields, @danaherjohn and @garrytonon!
The fighter has won a plethora of titles in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu/grappling circuit, including four separate Eddie Bravo Invitational tournaments.