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22-13-0

Ryo Chonan

Ryo "Piranha" Chonan

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  • Given Name: 長南亮, Chonan Ryo
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-13-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Piranha
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 37 | Date of Birth: 1976.10.08
  • Last Fight: October 20, 2013 in TTF
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Tribe Tokyo MMA
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $48,000 USD
  • Born: Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Kyokushin Karate

Ryo Chonan Wiki Update Wiki

Ryo Chonan made his professional fighting debut in 2001 for the famed Pancrase organization, but did not garner attention until he put together a successful record in DEEP, defeating Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai in 2003. Chonan’s greatest performances, however, came during his Pride FC career, where he defeated Carlos Newton, Roan Carneiro, and Joey Villasenor, and became one of only two men in history to finish future UFC Middleweight Champion and all-time great Anderson Silva. At that time in Chonan's career, he was regularly being matched up with the best fighters Pride had to offer. A stint in the UFC following Pride's demise went less successfully for Chonan, who was released after a lackluster 1-3 record in the Octagon.


Chonan, who was not known for his knockout or submission ability—having won the majority of his bouts by decision—is still best known for his third-round Flying Scissor Heel Hook submission of Silva in a fight he was likely losing on the judges’ scorecards. Chonan’s Heel Hook was so tight that Silva tapped immediately upon hitting the ground without attempting to escape from the hold. It remains one of the great submissions in MMA history.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:07 PM ET
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Ryo Chonan MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Dan Hornbuckle
Tribe Tokyo Fight
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 77 kg
2013.10.20
Weigh-In: 169.976 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Seichi Ikemoto
DEEP Osaka Impact 2013: Seichi Ikemoto's Last Fight
Main Event | Catchweight | 75 kg
2013.04.28
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Hayato Sakurai
Dream: Fight For Japan! New Year! 2011
Main Card | Welterweight | 76 kg
2011.12.31
Odds: +150 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 166.449 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous Naoki Samukawa DEEP 2011.10.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Shigetoshi Iwase DEEP 2011.06.24
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:19 Round 1 of 3
Taisuke Okuno
Ref: Samio Kimura
Sengoku: Soul of Fight
Main Card | Catchweight | 80 kg
2010.12.30
Odds: -230 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 169.976 lbs
Cancelled Bout Dan Hornbuckle Sengoku 2010.12.30
Reason: Hornbuckle Flu
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jun Hee Moon DEEP 2010.10.24
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:16 Round 2 of 3, 6:16 Total
Jung Hwan Cha
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Astra: Yoshida's Farewell
Main Card | Welterweight
2010.04.25
Weigh-In: 169.3 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Andrews Nakahara
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Dream 13
Main Card | Welterweight | 76 kg
2010.03.22
Odds: +136 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 167.1 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous Jutaro Nakao DEEP 2009.08.23
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
TJ Grant
Ref: Philippe Chartier
UFC 97: Redemption
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2009.04.18
Odds: -188 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Brad Blackburn
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2008.12.27
Odds: -156 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Roan Carneiro
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 88: Breakthrough
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2008.09.06
Odds: -104 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Roan Carneiro UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Chonan Withdrew
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Karo Parisyan
Ref: Kevin Mulhall
UFC 78: Validation
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs
2007.11.17
Odds: +296 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Doo Won Seo DEEP 2007.06.24
Win | Decision | Majority Ryuta Sakurai DEEP 2007.02.16
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:30 Round 1 of 2
Paulo Filho
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 83 kg
2006.08.26
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Joey Villasenor
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Bushido 11: Bushido Survival
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 83 kg
2006.06.04
Odds: +100 Near Even | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Ryuta Sakurai DEEP 2006.02.05
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:22 Round 1 of 2
Dan Henderson
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga
Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 83 kg
2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:40 Round 1 of 2
Phil Baroni
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga
Pride Bushido 8
Main Card | Middleweight | 83 kg
2005.07.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Antonio Schembri
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga
Pride Bushido 7
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg
2005.05.22
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Roan Carneiro DEEP 2005.02.12
Win | Submission | Leglock
3:08 Round 3 of 3, 18:08 Total
Anderson Silva
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg
2004.12.31
Odds: +250 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 176.0 lbs
#4 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Biggest Upset of All Time
#20 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#21 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Carlos Newton
Pride Bushido 5
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg
2004.10.14
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Ricardo Almeida
Pride Bushido 3
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg
2004.05.23
Win | Decision | Majority Daijiro Matsui DEEP 2004.01.22
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Hayato Sakurai DEEP 2003.09.15
Win | Decision | Majority Yuji Hisamatsu DEEP 2003.07.13
Loss | Decision | Split Masanori Suda DEEP 2002.12.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Katsumi Usuta DEEP 2002.09.07
Loss | Decision | Majority Eiji Ishikawa DEEP 2002.06.09
Win | Submission | Punches Kenji Akiyama DEEP 2002.03.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous Takaku Fuke DEEP 2001.12.23
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Hikaru Sato Pancrase 2001.05.05

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