Tony Bonello

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Tony Bonello
Born Tony Bonello
Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Other names The Gun
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Thailand
Team The Gun Fight Club
Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2000-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 16
By knockout 1
By submission 14
By decision 1
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tony Bonello is an Australian professional mixed martial artist and grappler who is currently signed to One Fighting Championship. He has fought for EliteXC, King of the Cage and Pancrase. Bonello is the former, King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Champion, the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion, and the former King of the Cage Cruiserweight Champion. 14 of his 16 career wins have come by way of submission.


Bonello has had martial arts history in many different countries around the world. He lived in Asia for over 10 years studying traditional martial arts in Japan and then studied Muay Thai in Thailand. He lived in Brazil and studied with Carlson Gracie, Ralph Gracie and the Brazilian Top Team. He eventually met Paulo Guimaraes, a second generation black belt under Rickson Gracie and helped Paulo move to Australia permanently to teach Bonello Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After 10 years of Tony training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in different countries around the world, he received his black belt in 2002 from Paulo Guimaraes.

Bonello received his first and second degrees and title of Professor of Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Ralph Gracie. Bonello also owned and operated the Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Texas for 3 years and then sold it to one of his students in December 2011.

Some of the people and places he has trained are; Sitpholek Gym in Thailand, k-1 Gym in Japan, Carlson Gracie gym in Brazil, Renato Laranja in Brazil, Vos Gym in Amsterdam, Master Toddy’s in Las Vegas, Chuck Fai and Jeff Fenech in Australia, Tommy Morrison in Las Vegas, Roberto Duran in Panama, roots jiu-jitsu in Australia, Ralph Gracie in America.

In January 2012 he departed Texas and went back to Thailand to study & fight Muay Thai.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Tony Bonello is a Professional mixed martial arts World Champion Fighter with a record of 16 wins, 1 lose and 1 draw. Owner & founder of “King of the Cage” Terry Trebilcock said he is the highest paid professional MMA fighter to have ever fought in the “King of the Cage” organization.

He was the first Australian Fighter to ever win a professional MMA World Championship belt on American soil. He accomplished this on November 2, 2003 when he won the KOTC Middleweight Superfight Championship by defeating Olympic freestyle wrestler stylist Mansour Heidari via Triangle Choke at KOTC 30 “The Pinnacle” in Pala, CA.

He then won his 2nd World Championship belt in a second weight class when he won the KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Edwin Aguilar on February 14, 2005 via Heel Hook.

February 7, 2007, Bonello defeated 7 time World Champion and Muay Thai “King’s Cup” Champion, Wayne Parr, via Rear Naked Choke in Sydney, Australia at KOTC “Lords of War”.

October 13, 2007, Bonello fought against KOTC Heavyweight Champion Tony Lopez, Bonello won a unanimous decision. in Albuquerque, New Mexico at KOTC Hierarchy. This made Tony the 1st ever Middleweight World Champion to defeat a Heavyweight World Champion in “King of the Cage” History.

On November 17, 2007 Bonello fought against Ryan Sturdy it ended in a draw.

He then signed with ProElite and June 14, 2008, he fought former EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murilo Rua at EliteXC: Return of the King. He was defeated via TKO in round one, giving him his first loss of his career.

Bonello then fought at KOTC: Vengeance, defeating Mike Bourke in the first round by submission to win the KOTC Cruiserweight Championship.

In October, 2008, Tony won two gold medals at the American national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in the adult Black Belt divisions for gi and no-gi.[1][2]

In November 2008, 2009, and 2011, Tony competed in the IBJJF No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships run by Carlos Gracie Jr. and won 3 silver medals in his age and weight division as a Black Belt.[3][4][5]

Bonello faced Rolles Gracie Jr. at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012. Bonello received his second career loss to Rolles Gracie Jr.[6]


In 2009, Tony starred in two episodes of the MTV TV Show, "Bully Beatdown".

Jiu-Jistu & MMA accomplishments[edit]

  • Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Championships
    • Carlos Gracie’s 2008 American National Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Championships Gold Medalist (Two times)
    • Carlos Gracie’s 2008 No-Gi Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Senior Black Belt World Championships Silver Medalist
    • Carlos Gracie’s 2009 No-Gi Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Senior Black Belt World Championships Silver Medalist

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–3–1 (1) Guram Gugenishvili TKO (punches) Inoki Genome Fight 1 April 4, 2014 1 3:34 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 16–2–1 (1) Rolles Gracie Jr. Submission (rear naked choke) ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012 3 1:33 Manilla, Philippines
Win 16–1–1 (1) Mike Bourke Submission (triangle choke) King of the Cage: Vengeance February 12, 2010 1 0:54 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States Won KOTC Cruiserweight Championship
Loss 15–1–1 (1) Murilo Rua KO (punches) EliteXC: Return of the King June 14, 2008 1 3:15 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Draw 15–0–1 (1) Ryan Sturdy Draw King of the Cage: Damage INC. November 17, 2007 2 5:00 Rockford, Illinois, United States
Win 15–0 (1) Tony Lopez Decision (unanimous) King of the Cage: Hierarchy October 13, 2007 2 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 14–0 (1) Kyle Williams Submission X-plosion August 18, 2006 1 N/A Sydney, Australia
Win 13–0 (1) Bobby Hoffman Submission (strikes) King of the Cage: Unfinished Business April 28, 2006 1 N/A Sydney, Australia
NC 12–0 (1) Bobby Hoffman No contest King of the Cage: Gunfather February 10, 2006 1 2:28 Sydney, Australia
Win 12–0 Ben Daley Submission (armbar) Kumite 2 November 11, 2005 1 N/A Sydney, Australia
Win 11–0 Edwin Aguilar Submission (heel hook) King of the Cage: Australia February 4, 2005 1 1:49 Sydney, Australia Won KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 10–0 Sasha Nanchouki Submission (rear naked choke) Main Event: Boxing October 13, 2004 1 0:45 Carrara, Australia
Win 9–0 Mike Seal Submission (rear naked choke) Xtreme Fighting Championship 5: When Worlds Collide August 13, 2004 1 N/A Queensland, Australia
Win 8–0 Dan Severn Submission (rear naked choke) Xtreme Fighting Championship 4: Australia v.s. The World March 19, 2004 1 1:36 Queensland, Australia
Win 7–0 Mansour Heidari Submission (triangle choke) King of the Cage 30: The Pinnacle November 2, 2003 1 0:29 Pala, California, United States Won KOTC Middleweight Superfight Championship
Win 6–0 Gumgor Gumgor Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Championship 2 October 30, 2003 1 0:35 Queensland, Australia
Win 5–0 T-Bone Submission (rear naked choke) King of the Cage 22: Steel Warrior March 23, 2003 1 0:39 San Jacinto, California, United States King of the Cage Debut
Win 4–0 Keigo Kunihara Submission (choke) Thunderdome February 21, 2003 1 0:25 Perth, Australia
Win 3–0 Mike Lingskog Submission (rear naked choke) Xtreme Fight Night September 27, 2002 1 0:36 Sydney, Australia
Win 2–0 John Moore Decision (unanimous) Real Streetfighting: Mayhem in Myers December 29, 2001 3 5:00 Ft. Myers, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Ken Fuller TKO (corner stoppage) Pancrase - Australia October 16, 2001 1 1:15 Sydney, Australia MMA Debut

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