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Akihiro Gono announces MMA retirement following Bellator 67 loss

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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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Post #1   5/5/12 12:46:29PM   

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Long overdue.

Post #2   5/5/12 1:07:02PM   

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He basically announced it during the fight.

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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.

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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.



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Post #5   5/5/12 4:40:04PM