Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Chonan 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 former longtime Shooto middleweight champion Hayato Sakurai.
Then he fought in Pride Bushido 3 as team Japan fighter losing a decision against 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 in DEEP – 23 Impact to defeat Ryuta Sakurai by TKO to become the third 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.
Chonan was also defeated in his next fight on December 27, 2008 by Brad Blackburn.
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 loss to T.J. Grant.
He won his last fight at DEEP – 43 Impact against Jutaro Nakao by unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|32||17 wins||10 losses|
|Win||17–10||Andrews Nakahara||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM.13||March 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: Redemption||April 18, 2009||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||15–9||Brad Blackburn||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008||December 27, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–8||Roan Carneiro||Decision (Split)||UFC 88: Breakthrough||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Karo Parisyan||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 78: Validation||November 17, 2007||3||5:00||Newark, United States|
|Win||14–7||Seo Do Wong||TKO||DEEP – DEEP in Yamagata||June 24, 2007||1||2:58||Yamagata, Japan|
|Win||13–7||Ryuta Sakurai||Decision (Majority)||DEEP – 28 Impact||February 16, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Middleweight title|
|Loss||12–7||Paulo Filho||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||2:30||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||12–6||Joey Villasenor||Decision (Split)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–6||Ryuta Sakurai||TKO (Cut)||DEEP – 23 Impact||February 5, 2006||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan||Became Third DEEP Middleweight Champion|
|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||Antonio Schembri||Decision||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–4||Roan Carneiro||TKO (Cut)||DEEP – 18th Impact||February 12, 2005||3||2:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–4||Anderson Silva||Submission (Flying Scissor Heel Hook)||PRIDE Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||3||3:08||Saitama, Japan|
|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 (Cut)||DEEP – 12th Impact||September 15, 2003||3||2:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|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 – Neo Blood Tournament Elimination Rounds||May 5, 2001||3||5:00||Japan|
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