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MMA By The Numbers: Akihiro Gono



M.M.A. By The Numbers: Akihiro Gono

Long-time mixed martial artist Akihiro Gono has announced he is retiring from active competition. The 37-year-old Hagashikurume Japan native was defeated by Michael Chandler in his Bellator debut this past weekend. Gono competed in the lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions during his 18-year career. He has a kickboxing background and has trained with Team Grabaka based out of Nakano Japan. He is only one of two men to defeat UFC competitor and former Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard.

Akihiro Gono started the first 7-years of his mixed martial arts career competing in both the Lumax Cup and Shooto organizations and then from 2001-2004 he fought in Pancrase. For the next two years he was very successful and became a regular in the Pride Fighting Organization. He was then signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and spent 2-years with the company before being released in 2009. Prior to his fight this past weekend in Bellator he had also competed in the Fighting And Entertainment Group and World Victory Road organizations. Akihiro Gono retires after competing in 56-total fights with a career record of 31-18-7.

Below we look at the mixed martial arts career of Akihiro Gono by the numbers…

Bellator Fighting Championship:

* 1 Fight on Bellator Fighting Championships on MTV2 / Fox Sports Net / ESPN Deportes with a record of 0-1.

Pride Fighting Championships:

* 9 Fights on Pride Pay-Per-View with a record of 6-3.

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