Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon recently made his MMA debut at One Championship: Iron Will. He recently made the switch from grappling to MMA and was successful in his first MMA outing. Even though, he has got a single fight to his credit, he still feels addicted to the sport of MMA.
The BJJ wizard made his MMA debut at One Championship 70 against Richard Corminal (4-4). In the lightweight bout, Tonon displayed great stand-up skills and even knocked down his opponent in the first round. Later in the second round, he used his other worldly ground game to establish a full mount position and then started dropping some heavy hammer fists and elbows from the top. The referee soon stepped in to stop the fight.
Tonon recently appeared on The MMA Hour. Here’s what he said during the interview:
I was a little nervous at the beginning because he was making contact and I wasn’t, and I was like, ‘Maybe I’m not so good at this,’ I was getting a little nervous there and I thought maybe let me back off to the fence or something. Then I started to make contact a couple of times, I felt pretty confident, and then after the first round I almost thought they might stop it because I was hitting him so much on the ground, after that first round it was all smiles for me.
I knew I did enough damage that I didn’t think he was going to be able to come back and I thought I was going to continue to land, which I did. Then I took him down again and that was the end of the fight.
I’m happy overall with the conditions, considering the fact that it’s my first fight and the first time I’m using striking and everything like that, I tend to be a perfectionist in everything that I do and I know that looking at me boxing isn’t like watching Floyd Mayweather or (Vasyl) Lomachenko so I’m not happy from that perspective, but with my skill development so far, I’m happy.
Right now, I’m addicted to MMA. I really enjoy the training and I really enjoyed fighting. But who knows how that will change if I suffer a tough loss or get beat up during a fight? …
You can read the full interview here.