EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon not motivated by money ahead of MMA debut

EXCLUSIVE | Garry Tonon not motivated by money ahead of MMA debut

This weekend, BJJ ace Garry Tonon will make his [anticipated MMA debut](https://www.bjpenn…

“Obviously money’s awesome,” Tonon said on the latest episode of BJ Penn Radio. “Anybody who tries to pretend like money’s not part of the equation, they’re just out of their minds. But I would say it’s not a huge thing for me, and the only reason I say that is not because I’m not interested in making money, but that I could’ve easily made money elsewhere. I was doing just fine continuing professional grappling. It’s not like my career was grinding to a halt or anything. I was doing very well and I was competing all the time and making plenty of money that way, as well as [by] teaching seminars and making money at my school and things. I could’ve just as easily just continued the rest of my life doing that and made plenty of money to make a living. Now of course, mixed martial arts, the upper tier if you make it all the way to the top, there’s much more money than maybe I would’ve made doing that, but I could’ve led a more than comfortable life doing what I was doing beforehand.”

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