Ryo Chonan announces his Retirement

Former DEEP Middleweight Champion Ryo Chonan has today announced he will retire from the sport on October 20th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The fan favorite has fought a who’s who of MMA, and has amassed a 21-13 record.

Ryo has competed for the likes of DEEP, PRIDE, UFC and DREAM throughout his career.

The 36-year-old is most known for tapping former #1 P4P King Anderson Silva with one of the most memorable submissions in Mixed Martial Arts history (Flying Scissor Heel Hook) in a fight he was losing. The come from behind win landed Chonan with a Submission of the Year award back in 2004.

His retirement fight will see him square off with Dan Hornbuckle for the DEEP Welterweight title. The American won the belt back in April of this year 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.

Both men were scheduled to fight one another back in 2010 at Sengoku – Soul of Fight, but Hornbuckle pulled out three days before the bout with flu.

“Piranha” last fought Seichi Ikemoto for his opponents retirement fight at DEEP: Osaka Impact 2013, where he went 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 Fight Sport Asia.

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