USA vs South Korea: Garry Tonon, Sung Jong Lee to fight at ‘ONE: Heart of the Lion’ in Singapore

The United States and South Korea will be represented at “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” a ONE Championship event taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. In the sixth bout of the evening, Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 26, of New Jersey, United States will face Sung Jong Lee, 33, of Cheonan, South Korea.

Tonon is a multiple-time No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion who began his martial arts career as a wrestler, competing extensively throughout grade school. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 14, enrolling at Tom DeBlass’s Ocean County BJJ and became one of his most dedicated students.

In 2008, Tonon won his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world title in the juvenile blue belt division. In 2018, he made a successful professional mixed martial arts debut by knocking out Richard “Lion Heart” Corminal, 36, of the Philippines and Malaysia.

Having won multiple tournaments across the globe, Tonon is one of the world’s most decorated grapplers today. He is a former International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Champion, a two-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion and a four-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion.

On the other hand, Lee is a former NAGA No Gi Grappling Champion who holds a professional MMA record of 4 wins and 2 losses. Always looking to finish on the mat, he is a dangerous grappler who is capable of ending matches in a variety of ways.

“ONE: Heart of the Lion” marks Lee’s second professional MMA bout in Singapore. The Cheonan native made his ONE Championship debut on May 18, 2018 in the country where he lost to local hero Amir Khan, 23.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 30, of Singapore and Kazuki Tokudome, 31, of Tokyo, Japan will compete in an MMA match in a catch weight of 73 kg. In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil will defend his title against ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines.

The bantamweight title unification bout will be a rematch between Fernandes and Belingon. Here is the full “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight card:


  1. MMA featherweight: Anthony Engelen (Netherlands) vs Meas Meul (Cambodia)
  2. MMA bantamweight: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
  3. MMA bantamweight: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
  4. ONE Super Series sanda featherweight: Shahzaib Rindh (Pakistan) vs Feng Lei (China)
  5. MMA lightweight: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
  6. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Panicos Yusuf (Cyprus) vs Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym (Thailand)
  7. ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight: George Mann (United Kingdom) vs Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (Thailand)


8. MMA featherweight: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)

9. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Andrew Miller (United Kingdom) vs Yodlekpet T-Ded 99 (Thailand)

10. MMA strawweight: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)

11. MMA strawweight: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)

12. ONE Super Series kickboxing catchweight 71 kg: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)

Co-Main Event

13. MMA catchweight (73 kg): Christian Lee (Singapore) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)

Main Event

14. ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)


Cancelled Bouts:

  • Featherweight MMA: Abro Fernandes (Indonesia) vs Chan Rothana (Cambodia)
  • Strawweight MMA: Alex Silva (Brazil) Pongsiri Mitsatit (Thailand)
  • ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship: Xiong Jing Nan (China) vs Angela Lee (Singapore)

Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.

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