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.
|Born||October 8, 1976|
Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan
|Other names||Piranha, The Shark|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Style||Karate, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling|
|Team||Tribe Tokyo MMA |
|Rank||Black belt in Kyokushin Karate|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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'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.
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 ChampionshipEdit
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 JapanEdit
He won his fight at DEEP : 43 Impact against Jutaro Nakao 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.
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 accomplishmentsEdit
- 2004 Submission of the Year- vs. Anderson Silva on December 31
- Sports Illustrated
- Bleacher Report
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||22 wins||13 losses|
|Win||22–13||Dan Hornbuckle||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: Tribe Tokyo Fight||October 20, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the DEEP Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||21–13||Seichi Ikemoto||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: Osaka Impact 2013||April 28, 2013||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||20–13||Hayato Sakurai||Decision (unanimous)||Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011||December 31, 2011||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20–12||Naoki Samukawa||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: Cage Impact 2011 in Tokyo, 2nd Round||October 29, 2011||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||19–12||Shigetoshi Iwase||KO (punch)||Deep: 54 Impact||June 24, 2011||1||4:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18–12||Taisuke Okuno||KO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight||December 30, 2010||1||0:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–11||Jun Hee Moon||TKO (punches)||Deep: 50 Impact||October 24, 2010||3||2:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||17–11||Jung Hwan Cha||KO (punches)||Astra||April 25, 2010||2||1:16||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||17–10||Andrews Nakahara||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 13||Mar 22, 2010||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||16–10||Jutaro Nakao||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 43 Impact||August 23, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–10||TJ Grant||Decision (split)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||15–9||Brad Blackburn||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 92||December 27, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–8||Roan Carneiro||Decision (split)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Karo Parisyan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Vacated DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||14–7||Seo Do Wong||TKO (strikes)||DEEP: DEEP in Yamagata||June 24, 2007||1||2:58||Yamagata, Japan||Drops to Welterweight.|
|Win||13–7||Ryuta Sakurai||Decision (majority)||DEEP: 28 Impact||February 16, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||12–7||Paulo Filho||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE: Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||2:30||Nagoya, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–6||Joey Villaseñor||Decision (split)||PRIDE: Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||11–6||Ryuta Sakurai||TKO (doctor stoppage)||DEEP: 23 Impact||February 5, 2006||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan||Won DEEP Middleweight Championship. Doctor stoppage due to cut.|
|Loss||10–6||Dan Henderson||KO (punch)||PRIDE: Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||1||0:22||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–5||Phil Baroni||KO (punch)||PRIDE: Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||1||1:40||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||10–4||Nino Schembri||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE: Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–4||Roan Carneiro||TKO (doctor stoppage)||DEEP: 18th Impact||February 12, 2005||3||2:15||Tokyo, Japan||Doctor stoppage due to cut.|
|Win||8–4||Anderson Silva||Submission (flying scissor heel hook)||PRIDE Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||3||3:08||Saitama, Japan||MMAFighting Submission of The Year (2004).|
|Win||7–4||Carlos Newton||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 5||October 14, 2004||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||6–4||Ricardo Almeida||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6–3||Daijiro Matsui||Decision (majority)||DEEP: 13th Impact||January 22, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–3||Hayato Sakurai||TKO (doctor stoppage)||DEEP: 12th Impact||September 15, 2003||3||2:10||Tokyo, Japan||Doctor stoppage due to cut.|
|Win||4–3||Yuji Hisamatsu||Decision (majority)||DEEP: 11th Impact||July 13, 2003||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||3–3||Masanori Suda||Decision (split)||DEEP: 7th Impact||December 8, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–2||Katsumi Usuta||TKO (strikes)||DEEP: 6th Impact||September 7, 2002||1||0:05||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–2||Eiji Ishikawa||Decision (majority)||DEEP: 5th Impact||June 9, 2002||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Kenji Akiyama||Submission (punches)||DEEP: 4th Impact||March 30, 2002||1||4:22||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Takaku Fuke||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 3rd Impact||December 23, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Hikaru Sato||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Eliminations||May 5, 2001||3||5:00||Japan|
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- Josh Gross, SI.com (2009-12-18). "Fedor Emelianenko tops highlights, lowlights of decade in MMA - 2000s: The Decade in Sports - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
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