One of many BJJ world’s hottest athletes is returning to MMA competitors. Tom DeBlass final appeared within the cage in 2013, when he put collectively a two-fight win streak at Bellator earlier than retiring to deal with BJJ. Years later, and the 38-year-old has now signed with ONE Championship.

DeBlass debuted within the UFC on quick discover and dropped a choice loss to Cyrille Diabate, earlier than reducing to 185 lbs and shedding to Riki Fukuda at UFC Macau in 2012. DeBlass signed for Bellator quickly after his UFC departure and scored two stoppage victories. DeBlass was scheduled to combat King Mo however suffered a minimize in coaching and retired quickly after.

Since DeBlass’ final MMA combat, he has gained the World Nogi Championships within the masters division and competed at ADCC twice. DeBlass is a black belt below Ricardo Almeida and has acted as a sparring companion to Renzo Gracie whereas he was nonetheless solely a blue belt. Along with his profession as a competitor, DeBlass is understood for his teaching expertise. He awarded Garry Tonon his black belt and was pivotal within the early improvement of Gordon Ryan.

Whereas DeBlass’ return date hasn’t been set, he has talked about that it’s going to take him 6 months to get again into preventing form. It’s believed that he gained’t be making the in the reduction of right down to middleweight and can as a substitute search for fights both at mild heavyweight or at a catch weight.

Along with saying his preventing return, DeBlass has additionally signed a deal to pen an autobiography with Dartfrog Books.

DeBlass might be trying to comply with within the footsteps of his pupil Garry Tonon who’s unbeaten in ONE. DeBlass is the most recent title within the promotion’s custom of signing elite BJJ athletes, which have included Roger Gracie and Michelle Nicolini lately.