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Ryo Chonan Bio

Ryo Chonan (長南亮, Chōnan Ryō, born October 8, 1976 in Tsuruoka, Yamagata) is a retired Japanese professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2001–2013, Chonan competed for the UFC, PRIDE, DEEP, DREAM, Pancrase, and World Victory Road. Chonan is the former DEEP Middleweight Champion and the former DEEP Welterweight Champion.

Contents

  • 1 Mixed martial arts career
    • 1.1 Early career
    • 1.2 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 1.3 Return to Japan
  • 2 Championships and Accomplishments
  • 3 Mixed martial arts record
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Chonan's roots are in Kyokushin Karate, which he began in high school before later moving to Thailand to train. Chonan officially began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2001, losing his first fight in Pancrase – Neo Blood Tournament. He then went on to fight in DEEP, going 6-2 in the organization including a TKO win against Hayato Sakurai.

Chonan fought in PRIDE Bushido 3 as a representative of Team Japan, losing a decision to Ricardo Almeida. Then at PRIDE Bushido 5 he went on to defeat Carlos Newton via unanimous decision.

Chonan's next win was against future UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at PRIDE: Shockwave 2004, where he executed a spectacular flying scissor-lock takedown, followed quickly by a heel-hook submission.

Chonan returned in DEEP defeating Roan Carneiro via TKO at 18th Impact.

He won his fight at PRIDE Bushido 7 against Nino Schembri via unanimous decision. His next fight was a KO loss against Phil Baroni at PRIDE Bushido 8. He also lost his next fight against future teammate Dan Henderson via KO at the opening seconds of the bout at PRIDE Bushido 9.

He returned at DEEP: 23 Impact to defeat Ryuta Sakurai by TKO to become the DEEP Middleweight Champion.

In the 2006 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix, Chonan suffered a broken orbital bone at the end of his match against Joey Villasenor caused by a stomp but was able to continue in the tournament. In his next match of the tournament, against Paulo Filho, Chonan was submitted by armbar early in the first round.

In February 2007, Chonan returned to DEEP and defeated former DEEP Middleweight Champion Ryuta Sakurai to retain the Middleweight Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ryo Chonan made his UFC debut against Karo Parisyan on November 17, 2007 at UFC 78 which Chonan lost via unanimous decision after three rounds.

Chonan then defeated Roan Carneiro in their rematch via split decision on September 6, 2008 at UFC 88.

Chonan was also defeated in his next fight on December 27, 2008 by Brad Blackburn. Blackburn controlled the first two rounds before Chonan was significantly more dominant in the third round. He was unable to finish the fight by T/KO or submission and lost by unanimous decision, 2 rounds to 1.

Chonan is currently a part of the Team Quest, along with former PRIDE Fighting Championships Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

Ryo Chonan was subsequently released from the UFC following a controversial split decision loss to TJ Grant.

Return to Japan

He won his fight at DEEP: 43 Impact against Jutaro Nakao by unanimous decision.

Chonan made his DREAM debut at DREAM 13 defeating Andrews Nakahara by unanimous decision.

He then made his World Victory Road debut at Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010. Chonan was originally scheduled to face Dan Hornbuckle, but illness forced Hornbuckle off the card and he was replaced by Taisuke Okuno. Chonan lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Chonan returned at DEEP: 54 Impact on June 24, 2011 against Iwase Shigetoshi. Chonan won the fight by knockout.

On October 29, Chonan defeated Naoki Samukawa by unanimous decision.

Chonan returned at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 where he faced Hayato Sakurai. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

On October 20, 2013, Chonan fought Dan Hornbuckle in his retirement fight. He won the fight by unanimous decision and retired as DEEP Welterweight Champion.

Championships and Accomplishments

  • DEEP
    • DEEP Middleweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense
    • DEEP Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • Sherdog
    • 2004 Submission of the Year- vs. Anderson Silva on December 31
  • Sports Illustrated
    • 2000s Best Submission of the Decade- vs. Anderson Silva on December 31, 2004
    • 2000s One Hit Wonder
  • Bleacher Report
    • 2000s Submission of the Decade- vs. Anderson Silva on December 31, 2004
  • MMAFighting
    • 2004 Middleweight Fighter of the Year
    • 2004 Submission of the Year- vs. Anderson Silva on December 31

Mixed martial arts record

See also

  • List of male mixed martial artists

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Ryo Chonan from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Official website
  • Official MySpace
  • Pride official site (in Japanese)
  • Tribe MMA Official website

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