Akihiro Gono Officially Retires From The Sport of Mixed Martial Arts

Following his loss to Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, Akihiro Gono has decided to hang up the gloves for good and end his eighteen year mixed martial arts career. Since beginning his career back in 1994, Akihiro Gono (32-18-7) earned himself an outstanding reputation within the mixed martial arts world and is one of the most beloved Japanese fighters ever.

Gono made his pro debut back in 1994. He fought for some of his country’s biggest organizations such as the UFC, Pride, Dream, Bellator, Sengoku and Pancrase. Although he never held a major title, he earned a strong following thanks to his crafty fighting style and sometimes-over-the-top ring and cage entrances. Gono competed at lightweight and as heavy as middleweight while racking up notable wins over the likes of Hector Lombard, Gegard Mousasi and Hayato Sakurai during his 18-year career. He’s one of only two men to defeat Lombard and one of just three to defeat Mousasi.

His decision to end his career came after suffering a TKO loss to Chandler at Bellator 67 which took place in Canada last night. The loss was Gono’s third successive defeat and after eighteen years and fifty seven fights, he announced his retirement at the Bellator 67 post-event press conference.

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