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Ryo Chonan Retires After Defending the DEEP Welterweight Title

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Ryo Chonan will end his 12 year MMA career as a champion. He announced his retirement after defending his DEEP welterweight title against Dan Hornbuckle this past Sunday.

The 37-year old fighter closes out his run with a 22-13 record, including fights in the UFC, PRIDE, and DREAM. He perhaps most famously defeated Anderson Silva with an incredible flying scissor heel hook in 2004, one of only five losses on Silva’s record. Chonan also holds wins over Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, and Nino Schembri.