BJJ legend Tom DeBlass announces he’s signed with ONE Championship

Derrick Santistevan

Tom DeBlass (image by means of Tom DeBlass/ Instagram)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Tom DeBlass announces he’s signed with ONE Championship and will go back to combined martial arts for the first time because 2013.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend, Tom DeBlass, has actually revealed his intent to go back to combined martial arts and battle under the ONE Championship banner. He made the statement on his Facebook profile on Sunday.

“I’d like to announce my official commitment to ONE Championship,” DeBlass composed on his Facebook page on Sunday. “Life sometimes has twists and turns we don’t expect. This pandemic brought all of us to places we never expected to be. Yet this pandemic also forced ourself to look hard and long in the mirror at who we are. I remember the first time I went to corner Garry Lee Tonon, the owner of One, Chatri Sityodtong, approached me like he knew me for years. I was so impressed with him, his staff, and the fans. I watched the event, the fighters, the respect, and I immediately loved MMA again, I loved the code of the Samurai, and no organization emulates this code like ONE. I’m not claiming to come back and knock anyone out, or even win. I simply want to inspire everyone and remind everyone that this life is a fight, every day we must fight for what we want, and it’s never easy. I promise you that I will give my best, always and forever. At 38, I can ride into the sunset with never testing myself again. Yet, this opportunity is simply a Godsend, and it’s my duty to accept. Now it’s time to get back into fight shape. Thank you for the support and thank you for the opportunity, Chatri.”

He currently trains Gordon Ryan who is extensively thought about to be among the best nogi grapplers of perpetuity. He likewise trains Garry Tonon who is currently unbeaten under the ONE Championship banner.

DeBlass’ BJJ awards are unlimited and he holds wins in combined martial arts going back from 2010-2013 He last battled in the cage at Bellator 108 where he protected a KO win over Jason Lambert. He left Mixed Martial Arts with a 9-2 record and battled under the UFC, Bellator and Ring of Combat banners.

There was no news on his debut date or a future first opponent at press time.

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