Former DEEP Middleweight Champion Ryo Chonan has announced today he’ll retire on October 20th. His final bout will take place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan at DEEP: Tribe Tokyo Fight.
The fan favorite has fought a who’s who of MMA, and has amassed a 21-13 record. He’s competed for the likes of DEEP, PRIDE, UFC and DREAM. Chonan is most knowing for tapping former #1 P4P King Anderson Silva with one of the most memorable submissions in MMA history (Flying Scissor Heel Hook) in a fight he was losing. The come from behind win would land Chonan with a Submission of the Year award.
His retirement fight will see him face off with Dan Hornbuckle for the DEEP Welterweight title. The American won the belt back in April defeating Chonan’s teammate Yuya Shirai. After winning the fight Hornbuckle issued a challenge to Chonan offering him a chance at redemption for his fallen teammate.
The pair were scheduled to fight each other back in 2010 at Sengoku – Soul of Fight, but Hornbuckle pulled out three days before with flu.
“Piranha” last fought Seichi Ikemoto for his opponents retirement fight at DEEP: Osaka Impact 2013, where he would go onto win a Unanimous Decision.
As of now this is the only bout on the card, but we’ll keep you up to date here at FSA.