Akihiro Gono announces MMA retirement following Bellator 67 loss

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sparky
5/5/12 12:46:29PM
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.


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FastKnockout
5/5/12 1:07:02PM
Long overdue.
Kpro
5/5/12 1:07:57PM
He basically announced it during the fight.
Budgellism
5/5/12 2:40:38PM
It was sad to see Gono fall so quickly to Chandler but at the same time the retirement is long overdue and Chandler is clearly a special prospect. When Hawn beats Weedman Chandler vs. Hawn will be a great fight.
hashyandy4
5/5/12 4:40:04PM

Posted by Budgellism

It was sad to see Gono fall so quickly to Chandler but at the same time the retirement is long overdue and Chandler is clearly a special prospect. When Hawn beats Weedman Chandler vs. Hawn will be a great fight.



Agreed