Akihiro Gono: Just Like ‘Magic’
By Elliot Worsell
Mild-mannered and malevolent, Akihiro Gono is the kind of fighter who’ll beat you down and then haul you back up and apologise. Before all that, he’ll strut
to the ring with a jig, a smile and a fancy wig. Throw in some wacky Japanese music, a homage to native musician DJ OZMA, and you have, in a nutshell, the Akihiro Gono experience.
Luckily for UFC fans, Gono, the self-styled ‘Magic Man’, promises to bring the whole shebang to Birmingham, England for UFC 89.
The 33-year-old welterweight contender, renowned for his extravagant ring entrances and elaborate moves, is one of the most entertaining mixed martial artists in the world today. Possessing an ability to wave his magic wand and pull off inexplicable submissions from inexplicable positions, Gono has graced both PRIDE and the UFC with swagger and success.