Garry Tonon books MMA return for July

Garry Tonon is preparing for his comeback in the MMA arena. The renowned submission specialist will square off against the undefeated contender Shamil Gasanov.

Garry Tonon has made a name for himself as a dominant force in various tournaments, showcasing his exceptional skills as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from the esteemed Renzo Gracie lineage. With a rich history in submission grappling competitions, the 31-year-old possesses an impressive list of achievements.

After a successful stint in the grappling circuit, Tonon transitioned to professional mixed martial arts. His debut in 2018 marked the beginning of a promising career, which now boasts a professional record of 7 wins and 1 loss.

Excitement surrounds Garry Tonon’s confirmed return to action as he prepares to face Russia’s Shamil Gasanov. Their encounter is scheduled for the upcoming ONE FN event on July 14, taking place at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

In his previous outing, Tonon showcased his skills by submitting Johnny Nunez, the spouse of Miesha Tate, at ONE FN 6 in January. The contest primarily focused on grappling, but Tonon displayed superior technique, swiftly trapping Nunez in a kimura lock and securing the victory via submission in the early stages of the first round.

This triumph allowed Tonon to bounce back from his only professional MMA loss, which occurred in a title bout against former featherweight champion Thanh Lee in 2022. Now, with the win under his belt, Tonon is eager to continue his journey to the top.

Gasanov’s most recent appearance was against Jae Woong Kim at ONE on Prime Video 3, where he emerged victorious with a first-round RNC submission. With a track record of such dominant performances, Gasanov poses a formidable challenge for Tonon.

A while ago Tonon acknowledged that MMA is a unique challenge where things usually don’t go your way:

“If you’re competing against somebody who has considerable MMA skill and has been doing it for a lengthy enough period of time and you just had jiu-jitsu knowledge under your belt from classes, let’s say even for the same amount of years that that person did MMA… Let’s say you both compete professionally to make it fair; it’s gonna be tougher to win. It starts to become less likely that I put you in that cage and you’re just gonna succeed by default. There’s gonna be a lot of missing pieces. There’s gonna be a lot of things that you do that don’t do well for you”