Akihiro Gono retires at 37
With 18 years and more than 50 pro fights under his belt, veteran mixed martial artist Akihiro Gono retired Friday night.
Gono, 37, made the announcement shortly after being stopped 56 seconds into a nontitle lightweight bout with Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler in Rama, Ontario.
His main-event bout at Bellator 67 was Gono's lone appearance with the promotion. Besides Bellator, he has competed in UFC, Pride, Pancrase and Shooto.
Gono, who spent the majority of his MMA career at welterweight, leaves with a professional record of 32-18-7. He exits on a three-fight losing streak.
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