Regardless of his MMA inexperience, if Garry Tonon will get the decision to struggle for a title, he’ll gladly take it.
The ONE Championship featherweight revealed that he was scheduled to return in April, earlier than the coronavirus outbreak put a maintain on all occasions within the promotion.
It’s been a yr since Tonon (5-0) final competed, when he submitted Yoshiki Nakahara in lower than a minute. The world-class jiu-jitsu expertise has stored energetic within the meantime by competing in quite a few grappling competitions, however is raring to return to MMA.
In February, Tonon campaigned for a title shot in opposition to champion Martin Nguyen. Though he’s keen to compete no less than another time earlier than then, he doesn’t thoughts reaching his final aim subsequent.
“If it means I struggle sooner, I’d reasonably simply go for the title shot,” Tonon instructed MMA Junkie. “I’m seeking to get expertise beneath my belt both manner actually. If I’ve to take another struggle earlier than I struggle for the title, that’s OK with me however man, no matter will get me that struggle.
“So if the soonest struggle is Martin, then let’s do it. He’s one of many large milestones on this sport and on this group that I’m seeking to overcome. It’s been any person that I’ve been since Day 1.”
But when it’s not Nguyen subsequent, Tonon suspects he’ll have a tough time drawing a worthy subsequent foe.
“At this level, I simply need to get a struggle like ASAP as a result of it’s been an extended layoff since my final one,” Tonon mentioned. “There was a little bit bit in-contract negotiations, after which I used to be scheduled to struggle after which the corona stuff began taking place however in direction of the tip of that, I used to be making an attempt to push to get the title struggle as a result of it appears I’m in a bizarre spot the place alright 5-0, it’s a very good document clearly nevertheless it’s not like a brilliant skilled document.
“So what finally ends up taking place is, all people that they ask to struggle me that’s not Martin, isn’t actually that considering taking the struggle. It’s a tricky struggle, it’s a harmful struggle for lots of people…I’m arguably probably the greatest submission artists in combined martial arts interval or not to mention that weight class, that group. It’s one thing that they haven’t seen earlier than and it’s an enormous danger to take.”