Tony Bonello

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Tony Bonello
Born Anthony 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)
Fighting out of Thailand
Team The Gun Fight Club
Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Rank      Third 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 FC. A professional competitor since 2000, he has formerly competed 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 2 November 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 14 February 2005 via Heel Hook.

7 February 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".

13 October 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 17 November 2007 Bonello fought against Ryan Sturdy it ended in a draw.

He then signed with ProElite and 14 June 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 31 August 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-Jitsu & MMA accomplishments[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NomeFaixaIdadePesoColocacaoAcademia". Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  2. ^ "NomeFaixaIdadePesoColocacaoAcademia". Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived 31 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [2] Archived 23 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [3] Archived 12 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "One FC 5 results recap for 'Pride of a Nation' from the Philippines". Retrieved 2015-03-02. 

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