Lightweight champion Michael Chandler handed Akihiro Gono his third consecutive loss in the Bellator 67 main event.
Gono has built a reputation throughout his career as a warrior that rarely puts on an uncompetitive fight. His personality both in and out of the cage enabled him to become one of Japan’s all-time great MMA fighters.
Chandler on the other hand has been running through his opponents and proved again that he is among the world’s best lightweights.
It was at the post-fight press conference that a teary-eyed Gono announced his retirement through his translator. The media in attendance gave “The Japanese Sensation” a standing ovation, remembering the legendary fights that he was so often a part of.