HomeUFCGarry Tonon hints title fight with Thanh Le could happen before the end of the year on US soil
Garry Tonon hints title fight with Thanh Le could happen before the end of the year on US soil
June 21, 2021
Garry Tonon hints title struggle with Thanh Le might occur earlier than the top of the 12 months on US soil.
In a prolonged unique interview with FanSided MMA, Garry Tonon revealed a title struggle with ONE Championship featherweight champ, Thanh Le might occur earlier than the top of the 12 months … and probably in america. Its no shocker that the Asian promotion has been keen to check it’s reputation in america and with elevated COVID restrictions in Singapore it appears now’s the right time to enterprise West.
“So, I simply acquired phrase that one thing is perhaps within the works,” he advised FanSided. “I’ll say that I sadly can’t say something about it but as a result of it’s such like brand-new data. I’m certain that if ONE adopted by with what they advised me, I’m certain it’s going to be like an excellent big press launch and the whole lot. So, there may very well be some actually thrilling information arising, not only for me, however for ONE normally. Some actually groundbreaking stuff that they’re planning on getting concerned in that in concept, I’d be concerned in as effectively. I do form of have like a tentative concept, you realize, of after I could be probably preventing, however nothing is signed but. I haven’t written something down on paper, and nothing is confirmed.”
Simply weeks in the past, ONE Championship VP, Wealthy Franklin, revealed to FanSided MMA he was within the US scouting venues for the primary Western-held occasion, and it appears it is perhaps getting even nearer to fruition.
“However the excellent news is is that it does look like I’ll be preventing someday within the close to future,” he continued. “For some time I used to be getting held again by Thanh Le’s hand harm, I feel, and I used to be form of ready to see what would occur with that. I feel he’s wholesome now so we’re wanting ahead to hopefully that struggle.”
When pressed when that struggle, and a struggle within the US might probably happen, he tread fastidiously however was ready verify he’d think about it taking place in 2021.
“I don’t suppose that’s too particular, I feel I can [say]. I don’t suppose anyone’s going to carry it towards me for saying that. I feel it’ll occur earlier than the top of the 12 months, I feel that’s a fairly broad span of time if anyone acquired upset, that’s foolish.”
Garry Tonon reveals how he thinks struggle with Thanh Le will go
“Initially, Thanh Le will in all probability be my hardest opponent to-date,” he mentioned. “I don’t suppose that’s too controversial. That’s the identical with the man I fought final time, however I feel that Le is only one step above that. And I feel within the standing place, he’ll current probably the most challenges. From what I’ve seen in his earlier fights…now, you realize, occasions change, folks get higher. However from what I’ve seen in his earlier fights, I positively suppose that there’s a grappling deficiency. It’s definitely not his sturdy go well with. I imply, I don’t suppose anybody would argue with me about that, however I positively see some holes within the sport. I positively see some alternatives for me to capitalize on within the grappling realm. I see alternatives the place I’ll have the ability to capitalize within the standing place as effectively. I’ve to get it there one way or the other, so, I’ve to be inventive and discover methods to take him down and never get harm. He has had fights the place, you realize, anyone out-grapples him for a spherical after which within the second spherical, the man went in for a takedown and he knocked him out with a knee. There’s actual hazard all through the struggle always. That’s one of many fascinating issues that begins to occur with somewhat bit extra skilled guys who’re preventing harder and harder opponents. A variety of occasions, you begin encountering guys which have ending potential, as a result of that’s what it takes to get to the very best stage. My first few fights, the danger of me simply getting caught by like a straight punch or kick and getting knocked out had been a lot decrease, proper? Their observe document for that factor wasn’t tremendous excessive. As I acquired into like my fourth, fifth, sixth struggle, ‘okay, now we’re beginning to cope with guys which have KO victories on their rap sheet, you realize. Thanh Le is a type of guys. He has explosive ending energy, which makes it spectacular. So it’s harmful, for certain. It’s a really dangerous struggle, and so far as how I truly bodily see it going, I feel that greater than doubtless, I stroll away with a end.”
Watch the complete interview, the place Tonon explains how COVID-19 protocols affected his final struggle, his ultimate variety of fights a 12 months, why he retains preventing and rather more.