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Garry Tonon continued his undefeated streak as a mixed martial artist with a unanimous decision win over Kyomi Matsushima at ONE Championship: Big Bang on December 4 in Singapore.
This was Tonon’s first decision win. In his previous five fights, he had scored two knockouts and three submissions.
Tonon was the no. 5-ranked featherweight at ONE Championship headed into this match, and upset the no. 3-ranked Matsushima.
Tonon took Matsushima’s back early in the first round, and rode the position for three minutes, but could not finish any of the several choke attempts he seemed to have deep across Matsushima’s neck.
He exhibited similar positional dominance in round two, taking Matsushima’s back again with three minutes to spare before releasing it to chain through attacking options. Matsushima escaped in the final seconds of the round and put together his best attack sequence of the match, a flurry of knees to Tonon’s head.
In the final round, Tonon caught Matsushima’s kick and sat for a heel hook. In his most recent match in 2019, Tonon submitted Yoshiki Nakahara with the same technique.
Following his first fight in over a year, Tonon called out the ONE featherweight champ, Thanh Le.
“Thanh Le,” I’m coming for you,” Tonon said. “And not just you. I’m coming for the gold that you hoarded around your waist. It’s mine.”
Tonon returned from a 19-month hiatus in this fight. He had been benched due to lengthy contract negotiations since May of 2019.
During that time, he stayed active in the professional grappling circuit, keeping a 7-2 record and earning an ADCC bronze medal. He is currently the no. 1-ranked welterweight grappler.