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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
  • 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

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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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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro 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
4:45 Round 1 of 3

Shigetoshi Iwase

Deep 54 Impact
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

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
2:57 Round 3 of 3, 12:57 Total

Jun Hee Moon

Deep 50 Impact
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

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
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jutaro Nakao

Deep 43 Impact
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

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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