ONE Championship 78 highlights: Here’s what 51-year-old Renzo Gracie did in first MMA bout since 2010

It’s not everyday a 51-year-old MMA legend returns from an eight-plus-year layoff to strap on the gloves and return to the cage.

For Renzo Gracie (14-7-1), though, it was largely another day at the office after he tapped out fellow former PRIDE competitor and 100-fight MMA vet Yuki Kondo (59–35–9) with a second-round choke in their welterweight bout, as you can see in the above “One Championship 78: Reign of Kings.”

ONE Championship 78 took place Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines, and it streamed live on the ONE Championship app.

Gracie, who made his pro MMA debut way back in 1992, has fought for organizations such as PRIDE, EliteXC, IFL and the UFC – all while training and developing the next generation of fighters. And with his latest return, he hasn’t ruled out doing another bout now that he’s returned.

Also at ONE Championship 78, Kevin Belingon (19-5) claimed an interim bantamweight title after toughing it out against Martin Nguyen (11-3) over five rounds in their headliner. Additionally, MMA notable Shinya Aoki (41-9) stifled and then bloodied and then finally stopped lightweight Shannon Wiratchai (9-3) for a first-round TKO win in the co-headliner.

Additionally, jiu-jitsu phenom Garry Tonon (2-0) continued a solid start to his MMA career after finally submitting resilient lightweight Rahul Raju (5-3) in the third round, and strawweight Joshua Pacio (15-2) unveiled his “Passion lock” to submit Pongsiri Mitsati (9-1) in the second round and earn himself some “Submission of the Year” consideration.

Check out all of the highlights above.

Full ONE Championship 78 results included:

  • Kevin Belingon def. Martin Nguyen via unanimous decision – to win interim bantamweight title
  • Shinya Aoki def. Shannon Wiratchai via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:16
  • Renzo Gracie def. Yuki Kondo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:10
  • Eduard Folayang def. Aziz Pahrudinov via unanimous decision
  • Garry Tonon def. Rahul Raju via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:27
  • Joshua Pacio def. Pongsiri Mitsatit via submission (armlock) – round 1, 3:37
  • Rene Catalan def. Stefer Rahardian via unanimous decision
  • Xie Bin def. Sor Sey via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 1, 1:55

For more on ONE Championship 78, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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