Garry Tonon is a New Jersey born mixed martial arts fighter, and has become quite a prominent force in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). How old is Garry Tonon? Tonon is currently 28 years old, born on September 12, 1991 (28). Tonon has shown nothing but dedication to the sport aswell as ambitions to dominate the fighting sport scene.
Who is Garry ‘The Lion Killer’ Tonon
Tonon had shown interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after being introduced to a competition by a friend when he was 14. Tonon had said the idea of BJJ built on his fondness of wrestling. Saying he viewed BJJ as wrestling with the baility to strangle your opponent! Tonon has openly discussed his love for MMA also intertwining with his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He had explained how the fighting discipline had helped develop his thought process as well as drive. Tonon has also acknowledged the elephant in the room when discussing his ‘ cauliflower’ ears which is a result of his career in BJJ against the mats and opponents. Tonon expressed how much like many veterans in BJJ who also have the deformaties in the ear; carries them like a badge of honor.
Garry Tonon Record: Garry Tonon’s professional record is an undefeated 5-0-0; but also an impressive grappling record of 68-24-0.
A mentioned above, Tonon had first peeked his interest in BJJ at the young
age of 14 and soon after becoming fascinated with the sport; he had joined Tom DeBlass’ Ocean County Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, and won his first BJJ World champion title at 16 (Juvenile Blue Belt Division).
During his time in BJJ, around September, 2013 coaches Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida honoured Tonon with a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Only to continue his momentum by becoming the World Champion in the IBJJF BJJ (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation), two time champion for the No-Gi and five-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion.
Garry Tonon’s Achievements:
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015)
- 1st Place EBI WW Invitational (2014/2015)
- 1st Place EBI LW Invitational (2015)
- 1st Place EBI LHW Invitational (2016)
- 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2015*)
More recently Match 31 2019, Tonon had a fight against Anthony Engelen at the One Championship: A New Era. Winning in the opening round with a TKO; and then facing Yoshiki Nakahara in May winning with his notorious heel hook submission in the first round
Gary Tonon UFC?
Garry Tonon has shown phenomenal progress in his development from submission and BJJ specialist to striking and KO’ing opponents. He was also no strange face to the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Where he had numerous invitations to attend; and showcased his abilities against prominent jiu-jitsu fighters.
However, Tonon had stated in an interview (grapplinginsider.com) how he wanted to focus more on MMA;
“As of right now I have told ADCC that I won’t be there. I don’t want them to try to keep the invitation open. There’s an event in Japan that’s near the same date as ADCC. I think there’s a good chance I end up being on that card, so I don’t want to take a chance that I have to split my focus on the two things. I really would love to do ADCC, you know, it’s like a huge deal for me, but I’ve done it three times now and I think there will be times in the future to have other opportunities. It sucks to have to miss but at the same time, MMA is my main focus now.”
Many are curious how Tonon would fare in the UFC; with a few fighters from the UFC signing to the ONE Championship and being dealt losses. Some say Tonon could be a problem for wrestling and submissions in the light-heavyweight division in the UFC.