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For the past couple of years, Garry Tonon has become infamous for wanting to roll around with the most dangerous dudes you can think of — regardless of weight or drug tests — to prove he's the best grappler alive. Meanwhile, Shinya Aoki has been one of the top MMA fighters on the planet since the early 2000's, not only that, but is unanimously revered as a lanky killer for literally anyone on the mat. Now, these two are going to get down at ONE Dynasty of Heroes on May 26th LIVE on FloCombat.

“Shinya Aoki is considered probably the greatest grappler in all of mixed martial arts. His ability to scientifically break down opponents on the mat is nothing short of legendary in the industry. At the same time, Garry Tonon is known as one of the most exciting Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in the world. The Aoki-Tonon grappling super-match is certainly a match-up that fans will not want to miss.” — ONE CEO Victor Cui via official press release.

Garry Tonon: The Lion Killer

What can be said about that he hasn't already said on the mat? This dude sat down and counted piggies on toes with master leg-locker Masakazu Imanari. He even requested a bout against Rousimar Palhares, probably one of the most feared grapplers around, yet walked away with all of this appendages. Not many people can boast that they are a three-divison grappling champion, but Tonon can.

Shinya Aoki: Grand Master of Flying Submissions

The Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory is to Fedor Emelianenko, as Magical Rainbow Submission Pants are to . Aoki has held three MMA titles, submitted former UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in the process, and was an ADCC Japan champion. In short, Aoki is a 155lb fearless grappling wizard. He even charged in like Don Quixote against Fedor in an exhibition bout. If you want more Aoki, his arm-breaking hammerlock on Sengoku lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota landed at number four on our Top 10 Ridiculous Submissions in MMA.


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