Tye Ruotolo Wants To Fight Garry Tonon In MMA After BJJ Win: “I Think My Hands Are Better Too”

Tye RuotoloBJJ prodigy Tye Ruotolo has his eyes set on competing in the sport of mixed martial arts next. Making his submission grappling debut in ONE Championship, Tye Ruotolo managed to tap out the legendary Garry Tonon at ONE Championship 157. In just two minutes of the contest, Ruotolo displayed an exhibition of superior movement before […]

Tye Ruotolo

BJJ prodigy Tye Ruotolo has his eyes set on competing in the sport of mixed martial arts next.

Making his submission grappling debut in ONE Championship, Tye Ruotolo managed to tap out the legendary Garry Tonon at ONE Championship 157. In just two minutes of the contest, Ruotolo displayed an exhibition of superior movement before locking in a D’Arce choke to announce his presence in the promotion.

Tye Ruotolo steals the show

During a post-fight interview, Ruotolo spoke to the press about his plans for the future and touched on the idea of competing in MMA.

“My goal in jiu-jitsu right now is to just keep being the best version of myself, and to get to the title in jiu-jitsu and to the title in MMA is what my brother and I want to do as well. So we’ve got a lot of goals right now,” Ruotolo said.

“I just finished that match, so I really don’t know who I want next in jiu-jitsu. Maybe an MMA debut. My brother and I are really scratching for that. I’m really down to fight anybody in the world. Big, small, I’m ready to go.” (h/t SCMP)

Hinting at returning to competition in MMA instead of BJJ, Tye Ruotolo expanded on the possibility.

Garry Tonon would be fun for the fans for sure. He’s 6-1 in MMA. He just came off a title fight, and I don’t know if Chatri [Sityodtong, ONE CEO] would let me debut [against] Garry Tonon. I had dinner with him the other night, I think he kind of seemed interested in the idea.

“That would be really cool. After my performance tonight I kind of deserve it. In jiu-jitsu I proved I’m better than him, in the most humble way possible, and I think that my hands are better than his too, just being realistic. So I’d love to fight him in MMA.”

Along with Tye, his twin brother Kade Ruotolo also made his debut in the promotion on the same night. Kade dominated his way against the Japanese veteran Shinya Aoki to grab a decision win.

If the twins’ BJJ abilities are any indication, they may be looking at a flourishing MMA career ahead. A lot depends on how ONE CEO Sityodtong plans to carry them in the organization and will likely give them a shot in MMA if an agreement is reached.

How do you think the Ruotolo brothers would fare in MMA?

Garry Tonon – BJJ Athlete

Garry TononDOB: September 12th, 1991 Birthplace: New Jersey Nickname: The Lion Killer Gym: Renzo Gracie/DDS/Ocean County BJJ(2005-2020), New Wave Jiu Jitsu(present) Martial Arts Background: Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts Record(s): 71-25(BJJ) 6-0(MMA”) Titles: 2x IBJJF No-Gi World Champion, IBJJF World Champion, 5x Pan Championship, 5x EBI Champion Garry Tonon’s entry into Jiu Jitsu Garry Tonon is a […]

Garry Tonon

  • DOB: September 12th, 1991
  • Birthplace: New Jersey
  • Nickname: The Lion Killer
  • Gym: Renzo Gracie/DDS/Ocean County BJJ(2005-2020), New Wave Jiu Jitsu(present)
  • Martial Arts Background: Jiu Jitsu
  • Martial Arts Record(s): 71-25(BJJ) 6-0(MMA”)
  • Titles: 2x IBJJF No-Gi World Champion, IBJJF World Champion, 5x Pan Championship, 5x EBI Champion

Garry Tonon’s entry into Jiu Jitsu

Garry Tonon is a New Jersey native that started amateur wrestling when he was in 5th grade. He enjoyed grappling and would be introduced to Jiu Jitsu after a friend invited him to a local BJJ tournament.

Tonon would become really interested in the martial art and would start training with his friend at his academy. Since Garry had wrestling experience, he was a natural at Jiu Jitsu and wanted to compete.

His time at his friend’s gym would be short as the gym was more MMA oriented. This would lead Garry to look for another gym that was more sport Jiu Jitsu based to help with his goal.

The next gym that Garry Tonon would train at was Ocean County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Owned by Renzo Gracie black belt Tom deBlass, which was actually closer to Tonon’s home.

Garry Tonon’s early competitive career

At deBlass’ gym, Tonon would immediately become one of his top students. Garry never missed a class and was on the mat constantly whenever he wasn’t in school.

Tom saw that Garry really had a desire to become a competitor and became deBlass’ pupil. Along with training under deBlass, Garry would also go with his coach to train with his friend Ricardo Almeida.

Almeida, who was also a Renzo Gracie black belt and a 4x ADCC medalist. Training with two high level black belts early on gave Tonon an edge in competition.

He would compete in both Gi and No-GI at tournaments nearly every week. Then at 17 after a few years of training, Tonon’s work would pay off. Winning the IBJJF World Championship at juvenile blue belt.

This led to Garry earning his purple belt right around the time he graduated high school. At purple belt, Tonon would win a Pan No-Gi Championship while attending Rutger University.

Garry Tonon’s brown belt run

The lion killer would only be promoted to brown belt only a little over a year after earning his purple belt. At this time he was a full time competitor, student, and a coach at deBlass’ gym.

Tonon would also have his own gym Brunswick BJJ. Even though Tonon had a lot going on, this was a time in his life of struggle. Even though he was succeeding at competitions, Garry had no money and would often sleep in the gym.

Although he wasn’t deterred from his goal and would continue winning Jiu Jitsu competitions. This was also around the time that he began traveling to New York with deBlass to train with John Danaher.

In 2011 and 2012, Tonon won the IBJJF No-Gi World Championship and the Pan Championship. This dominant run at brown belt would lead to deBlass giving Garry his black belt.

Garry Tonon’s ADCC debut

Before earning his black belt, Garry Tonon had already qualified for the 2013 ADCC Championship in Beijing, China. The competition took place just a month after he was awarded his black belt.

Tonon would make quite a debut at the competition. Winning his first match by RNC to face Kron Gracie, which would become arguably one of the greatest matches ever.

Both Tonon and Gracie would have an action pact match that everyone in attendance would stop and watch. Kron would get Tonon in a deep armbar, but somehow got out to score a takedown and take Gracie’s back.

He was up by points with only a minute left with a tight RNC locked in. Somehow Kron was able to escape, take Garry’s back and submit him with only seconds left. It was the best match of the tournament and maybe in ADCC history.

Even though Garry lost, he would compete against the absolute division as a last minute replacement. Fighting valiantly, but losing to Cyborg Abreu and Marcus Almeida, who outweighed him by over 20 kgs.

The BJJ world now knew who Garry Tonon was.

Garry Tonon’s run in EBI

For the next year after the ADCC tournament, Tonon would compete in numerous pro grappling tournaments. This would lead him to being invited to the inaugural Eddie Bravo Invitational event in 2014.

During this period of time, Garry had been working closely with John Danaher. Learning his patented leg lock system and would introduce this facet of his game at EBI 1.

Garry would clean out the 77 kg division and submit all 4 of his opponents. Three by heel hook and one by RNC to become the first EBI champion

In 2015, he competed at 2 more EBI at EBI 3 and EBI 5. At EBI 3, Tonon would successfully defend his 77 kg title and add the 70 kg title to his collection at EBI 5.

He along with his former teammate Eddie Cummings success at EBI would lead to their team’s nickname. The Danaher Death Squad.

Tonon would represent DDS at EBI 6, EBI 9, and EBI 13. All of which Garry would win. 

As of now Garry holds the EBI record for most wins and championships.

Garry Tonon’s other ADCC appearances

When Garry Tonon wasn’t crushing the competition at EBI tournaments, he competed at 3 ADCC events. The championships that were held in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

At his second ADCC appearance in 2015, Tonon would go 1-2 at the tournament. Beating Dillon Danis by heel hook before losing to Lucas Lepri and Vinny Magalhaes.

In 2017, Tonon would do a little better at this tournament going 2-2 in 4 matches, but missed the podium. 

Then finally in 2019, Tonon would finally reach the ADCC podium. Placing 3rd after beating Dante Leonmy heel hook.

Garry Tonon’s notable BJJ matches

The Lion Killer has had some high profile Jiu Jitsu matches in his career. Everyone from Imanari, Lachlan Giles, Vinny Magalhaes, Gilbert Burns, Dillon Danis, and Vagner Rocha.

By far one of the most talked about and controversial was against MMA fighter and leg lock specialist Rousimar Palhares. Toquinho has had controversy follow him throughout his MMA career and this BJJ match was no different.

Palhares came into the match nearly 10 kgs overweight and possibly on enhancement supplements. The fight still happened and Tonon attacked Palhares throughout the match, but the Brazilian muscled out of everything.

This match was sub only and would end in a draw at the time limit.

Garry Tonon’s MMA debut

Through 2013-2017, Tonon was the busiest grappler in professional Jiu Jitsu. Having competed in all of the top promotions and won numerous titles.

Garry would then make the transition to MMA in 2018. Signing with the Singapore based MMA promotion ONE Championship.

Since John Danaher was the grappling coach for numerous top MMA fighters like GSP, the transition was easy for Garry.

He would make his MMA debut at ONE’s event “Iron Will” in Bangkok, Thailand. Tonon would easily win his debut with a TKO in the second round.

Tonon would fight two more times in 2018 and win both fights by submission. In 2019, the Lion Killer would have two more MMA fights and earn two more finishes.

Then after Covid-19 protocols were lifted, Tonon would fight again in December of 2020. Winning a decision and boosting his record to 6-0.

DDS moves to Puerto Rico

Around the time of Tonon’s last fight, the BJJ community would learn that DDS was moving. The team was going to move out of Renzo Gracie’s blue basement and set up shop in Puerto Rico.

The initial goal of John Danaher and his team was to make Puerto Rico a hub for grappling and MMA. The best in the world would travel to a beautiful island to get world class training.

The DDS breakup

Immediately following the DDS team’s unsuccessful move to Puerto Rico, the team moved again. This time they would move to Austin, Texas, but they wouldn’t be forming a new gym together.

It was announced in July of 2021, that the DDS team was going their separate ways. Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan, and John Danaher would form a team, while Craig Jones, Nicky Ryan, and Nick Rodriguez formed another.

The team Gordon, Garry and John would create would be known as New Wave Jiu Jitsu. Currently both  New Wave Jiu Jitsu and the B Team are located in Austin, Texas with a cordial relationship.

Garry Tonon’s legacy

As a professional grappler, Garry Tonon has done it all. Having won numerous championships and beaten the world’s best grapplers to create quite a legacy within Jiu Jitsu.

Now as a MMA fighter, Tonon is currently creating a legacy for himself within that sport. Currently holding a record of 6-0 with a ONE Featherweight Championship bout that will take place between now and 2022.

The Lion Killer is only in his early 30s and has many more years to add to his legacy. Attempting to build a world class Jiu Jitsu school and add MMA championships to his legacy.

Dustin Poirier Set To Grapple Garry Tonon For Charity

Dustin PoirierFormer interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is set to continue his amazing charitable work in 2020. “The Diamond” will be facing off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and ONE Championship star Garry Tonnon in a charity grappling match at the upcoming SubStars show on February 21 from The Fillmore in Miami, Florida. Poirier is coming […]

Dustin Poirier

Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is set to continue his amazing charitable work in 2020.

“The Diamond” will be facing off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and ONE Championship star Garry Tonnon in a charity grappling match at the upcoming SubStars show on February 21 from The Fillmore in Miami, Florida. Poirier is coming off of hip surgery last year, and this will be his first act of competition since. The SubStars Instagram page confirmed the matchup on their Instagram.

@sub.stars presents SubStars at The Fillmore – Poirier vs Tonon + Celebrity Sumo @fillmoremb. Get ready for one of the most anticipated grappling events of 2020 right here in Miami Beach, FL! Not the average grappling event, prepare to see a show unlike any other with ninjas and samurai blended with elite grappling and introducing for the first time celebrity sumo! SubStars is showcasing the world’s top talent in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Sumo and Wrestling all in one event. Partnering with USA Sumo be prepared for an experience to remember!”

Poirier will be donating 100 percent of his purse to his Good Fight Foundation. The foundation is working to support a local Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Poirier’s hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Poirier’s foundation is hoping to rack up a year’s supply of highly-rated car seats for the hospital, as it was brought to the foundation’s attention that six to eight times a month they encounter an issue where mothers can’t afford one for their children.

This is a continuation of the great charity work Poirier has already done with Good Fight, as he has auctioned off his Octagon apparel in the past as well to raise money for his charity. The foundation’s goal is to help as many people as possible in the Lafayette area, and around the world. In his last bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Poirier donated his Octagon apparel and donated the funds to help the building of a solar-powered water well and a new water tower for a village in Uganda, Africa. 

Even Nurmagomedov contributed when he donated his own apparel to be auctioned off for the cause. UFC president Dana White was so moved by the gesture that he matched Nurmagomedov’s donation.

What do you think about Poirier grappling Tonon for charity?

Anthony Engelen Set For Tokyo Clash With Garry Tonon

Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen did not waste any time getting back into his competitive groove after his return to ONE Championship at the tail end of 2018. After announcing he would compete in November’s ONE: HEART OF THE LION event in Singapore, “The Archangel” clocked up three contests in quick succession First-round stoppages over Meas […]

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Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen did not waste any time getting back into his competitive groove after his return to ONE Championship at the tail end of 2018.

After announcing he would compete in November’s ONE: HEART OF THE LION event in Singapore, “The Archangel” clocked up three contests in quick succession

First-round stoppages over Meas Meul and Jimmy Yabo then saw the Dutch-Indonesian’s stock rise significantly in the ONE featherweight division.

However, Engelen’s standing took a slight dip in January at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY when South Korea’s Kwon Won Il KO’d the 33-year-old, a minute into their contest, in the Indonesian capital.

Undeterred Engelen returned to the gym and set about correcting his mistakes, confident he would soon get a chance to redeem himself under the bright lights of the ONE cage.

“I only took two weeks off and then straight back into training. Just picking up where I left off,” Engelen says

Thankfully he did not have to wait too long before being given another opportunity to impress.

On 31 March at ONE: A NEW ERA, Engelen will face off against highly-rated American submission artist Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, in what promises to be a historic night inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

“I was happy to get offered to fight in Japan — the biggest ONE card ever. And fighting in Japan is a dream come true,” Engelen said.

“Fighting in Japan is like the holy grail of martial arts, and to do so while competing alongside the best in the world, my heroes who I watched while I was still a beginner in the sport, it’s an honor. Of course it is also a great opportunity to share the cage with Garry Tonon, the best grappler in the world.”

When Engelen refers to Tonon as “the best grappler in the world,” he is not exaggerating. The 27-year-old American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist is a five-time Eddie Bravo Invitational World Champion, who is trained by the legendary John Danaher.

Tonon is riding a three-bout win streak, since making the switch to mixed martial arts and is regarded as one of the promotion’s most significant signings of 2018.

While Engelen is aware of the submission skillset Tonon brings to the cage, he also knows that it would be unwise to only focus on the American’s ground game.

“At this level, everyone is dangerous in all areas,” he said.

“It just doesn’t happen that a pro fighter has no knowledge at all about a certain aspect, whether it’s striking, grappling, wrestling. So I just need to train as usual — train my striking, train my grappling and wrestling, and hopefully, I don’t get caught in a heel hook.”

After his disappointing loss to Kwon, Engelen sat down and examined what went wrong in a bout that he was more than capable of winning.

“During my bout in Jakarta, I just had too many things going through my mind, too many distractions. That loss definitely got my head straight again. And I won’t make the same mistake again,” he promises.

Training out of Bali MMA, Engelen is fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the world’s top martial artists. The gym will be well represented in Tokyo with three of their athletes including Engelen competing at ONE: A NEW ERA.

Andrew Leone will take on Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Quarter-final match up. While later in the night ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan will defend her crown against Angela Lee in one of the most anticipated bouts of the card.

For a gym like Bali MMA, major events like Tokyo are just what comes with the territory when you have a camp stacked with world class athletes.

“In Bali MMA we got people preparing for bouts almost every day of the week. We got people competing in organizations all over the world,” Engelen says.

“So for us, it’s just business as usual. We train hard, and we support each other. Whether or not we are preparing for a fight, it doesn’t change anything. Just grinding every day in paradise,” he adds.

If Engelen can record a victory over Tonon on 31 March, his return flight to paradise will be that much sweeter.

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Garry Tonon Blasts Colby Covington, Calls Him a Coward

Colby Covington is perhaps the most controversial fighter in the world right now. He has found a unique way of talking trash not only to his opponents but to other fighters as well. From roasting fighters for missing weight to revealing the plot of Ave…

Colby Covington is perhaps the most controversial fighter in the world right now. He has found a unique way of talking trash not only to his opponents but to other fighters as well. From roasting fighters for missing weight to revealing the plot of Avengers: infinity war, Colby has done everything. He recently won the […]

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ONE Championship Announces Signing of Grappling Sensation Garry Tonon

Garry Tonon has agreed to a multi-fight deal with the Asia-based ONE Championship promotion. Tonon competed once before for ONE, earning a submission victory in a grappling match with former lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. He is expected to fight in the welterweight division. The 26-year-old holds a black belt and has won several IBJJF no-gi […]

Garry Tonon has agreed to a multi-fight deal with the Asia-based ONE Championship promotion. Tonon competed once before for ONE, earning a submission victory in a grappling match with former lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. He is expected to fight in the welterweight division. The 26-year-old holds a black belt and has won several IBJJF no-gi […]