Garry Tonon will return to the ONE Championship ring tomorrow for his second MMA fight in his career. Tonon is better known for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills than anything else. He is a five times Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion.
His MMA debut was against Richard Corminal at ONE: Iron Will on 24th March where Tonon dominated the first round on his feet trading punches and kicks with Corminal. In the second round he knocked Corminal down and finished him with a ground and pound. Something that no one expected. Everyone expected that Tonon would take the fight to the ground and go for the submission when it presented it self.
Garry Tonon vs Richard Corminal at ONE:IRON WILL
Garry Tonon will fight Rahul Raju tomorrow at ONE: Reign of Kings in Manila. This is what he had to say before his fight:
“My last fight, that’s my only real experience, not only in mixed martial arts but also any striking in general. It’s very foreign territory for me. So building confidence in my abilities it’s a big struggle, to say the least. That’s why we spar pretty much everyday. This isn’t something that I’ve been doing for my entire life. Jiu-Jitsu has, and I’ve been in martial arts for a long, long time — for most of my life — but the striking is so new. I’m just trying to get the rounds in every single day. I pretty much spar everyday leading up to the fight.”
“I think one thing that fans can expect from me this time is a little more confidence, more sense of direction. So now I can become a little more creative when it comes to the striking, instead of just using barebones basic, prerequisite skills that I was working on in the previous fight. But I’m still very green, I still have a lot to learn. I think you’re going to see some interesting strategy when it comes to striking for this fight. You may even see a submission, we’ll see. I’ve been toying around with the idea in my head. It’s always a possibility, especially if I feel like I’m going to be in danger. If you’re in danger, you’re under high stress, you’re always going to try and go back to what you know. We’ll see what happens there.”
“My end goal is to take everything that I have learned and relay it to the next generation. That’s where I see my career going. I don’t see my career ending with just a professional career. I think that’s a means to an end for me. It’s for me to get the experience and the perspective I need to be able to communicate this knowledge and these skills to the next generation and help them out. We have a guy like Renzo Gracie competing on the card, who was basically the founder of the organization that I train in. All the guys that are coaching me are guys that sprung from his teachings. I want to be a figure like that. I want to be a figure who people could look up to and say, ‘If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’ Not for selfish reasons, but that feels good to me. I think it’s a great way for me to contribute all these things that I’ve been given from all these people who went out of their way to spend time and sacrifice their time and to help me out. This is for me to give back to the next generation and help them out.”
Garry Tonon vs Rahul Raju