One of MMA's longest and most colorful careers has come to an end.
Following his loss to Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Friday's Bellator 67 event, Akihiro Gono (32-18-7) announced his retirement from the sport.
The Japanese veteran made the announcement in a post-event press conference following the MTV2-televised event.
At Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, Gono proved no match for recently crowned titleholder Chandler in their headlining non-title fight. Chandler connected with a straight right that floored Gono, and he then unloaded a lightning-quick flurry of punches to prompt the TKO stoppage just 56 seconds into the fight.
An emotional Gono received a standing ovation when he made the retirement announcement afterward. Link