Garry Lee Tonon is on a roll. Just a week after finishing Gilbert Durinho at Polaris Pro 4, the usually lightweight Tonon was called to replace his teammate Gordon Ryan in the 16-man medium-heavyweight tourney at EBI 9, held November 6.
Then he beat four opponents and conquered his third EBI belt. The “Danaher Death Squad” member was already a lightweight and middleweight champion.
First he used the heel hook on Jimmy Friedrich. In a quarterfinal, Adam Sachnoff was forced to tap out to an inside heel hook. A semifinal saw Tonon beat Daniel O’Brien in overtime. The final pitted Tonon against ADCC champion Vinny Magalhães, whose kimura had taken care of Matt Kirchwehm in a semifinal — he had beat Elliot Kelly in a quarterfinal and Tom Breese in his first fight.
The final was a tense affair, with two overtimes required for Tonon to finally come out on top — again.