UFC Signs PRIDE Veteran Ryo Chonan

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Sam_Rothstein
9/16/07 12:57:03AM
PRIDE Fighting Championships and DEEP veteran Ryo Chonan (14-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) — one of the few fighters to have beaten current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva — has signed a contract with the UFC.



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buryyourdead
9/16/07 1:16:06AM
What are they gonna do after that? Bring in Takase?
guccimane
9/16/07 2:56:12AM
LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.
Karlski01
9/16/07 8:51:03AM
say what you want about this not making sense but Chonan is one of my favorite fighters and I'm siked he'll be fighting in the UFC now. He might not be one of those top guys but he brings it every fight and could suprise some people in this division.
roman
9/16/07 10:39:37AM

Posted by guccimane

LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.


It's because he beat Silva. They are going to sell this fight as revenge for Silva, just like the Liddel Rampag 2 fight.

I agree they could have had more talented fighters, but they are thinking about dollar signs.
loonytnt
9/16/07 1:03:08PM
yup they are going try and do a ''he has beaten him before'' thing, but the more people the more fights the fans get to see so its all good
MMA
9/16/07 2:23:59PM
It sucks how they are so concentrated on signing Fedor that they let Kang slip by. I really think they should focus more on the middleweight division now because I don't see anyone besides Henderson posing a huge threat to Silva's title reign.

I would love to see Fedor fight in the UFC as much as the older guy, but there are plenty of fun matches to see in the heavyweight division to entertain me. On the other hand, the middleweight division has almost no contenders.
HulkRage
9/16/07 2:26:03PM
Yeah there is a few other fighters that I would have like to have seen in the UFC before Chonan, but it makes great since for the UFC to bring him in to fight Silva again = big dollars if they play it right. (and they will).
IMO Chonan will only Strengthen the MW Div.
Keep the fighters and the Events coming.
rcg916
9/16/07 2:29:34PM

Posted by guccimane

LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.



You are quickly becoming my least favorite poster...

cmill21
9/16/07 3:53:49PM
I consider Kang a better fighter then Chonan. Dana seems to be mezmerized my being able to show HL reels of certain guys, thinking then the US fans will love them instantly.
Lay_N_Pray
9/16/07 4:11:10PM
Why do you all think that signing Chonan means he wont sign Kang...its not like people are saying "Oh no, they gave Ed Herman an extension...there goes any hope of Kang coming to the UFC."

We all know the MW division needs some depth...and Chonan might not win the belt but he is a solid fighter. I have no problem with UFC signing talented fighters to keep divisions alive and kicking. Kang could be coming...we never know.

I just think its a little hypocritical to bash the UFC for signing this guy when we all agree they need more middleweights
cmill21
9/16/07 4:38:57PM
Kang just signed with K-1.
Blizzard
9/16/07 6:26:32PM
This is a great acquistion for the UFC and all of the fans. He will add some great fights.
Aether
9/16/07 7:55:31PM

Posted by Lay_N_Pray

Why do you all think that signing Chonan means he wont sign Kang...its not like people are saying "Oh no, they gave Ed Herman an extension...there goes any hope of Kang coming to the UFC."

We all know the MW division needs some depth...and Chonan might not win the belt but he is a solid fighter. I have no problem with UFC signing talented fighters to keep divisions alive and kicking. Kang could be coming...we never know.

I just think its a little hypocritical to bash the UFC for signing this guy when we all agree they need more middleweights



We think this because they made no effort whatsoever to sign him and he is now fighting for k-1, meaning we won't be seeing him in the UFC for a very long time, if ever.

I don't see any problem with signing chonan... he's a good fighter, but I do agree that it's ridiculous how many top prospects they just let slip though their fingers. Look at k-1's hero's card tonight. Dana White is allowing them to become the new PRIDE, it's unfathomable to me that he wouldn't make every effort to take all of the top names and prevent his competition from beefing themselves up. *sigh*
cmill21
9/16/07 7:59:52PM
Man that is an incredible card!
Lay_N_Pray
9/16/07 8:04:19PM
I think Dana pretty much has the mindset that the best fighters will just gravitate to the UFC. Yes, Kang would have been nice, but it wont destory the UFC and he is worried about Fedor (the only guy he really went after instead of waiting for him to come knocking)

And yes, while K-1 does have some great fighters and a real good looking card...I think it is VERY safe to say that as an overall orginization, UFC is far superior to anyones roster.
cmill21
9/16/07 8:27:00PM
But you have to think, there are alot of great fighters out there that K-1 can sign. They can still pick up barnett, fedor, arona, aleks, nastula, randleman, coleman, yoshida, yvel, soko, man I could keep going. They could end up dominating PPV in Japan and they can dominate the european market because of their huge kickboxing promotion with tons of european stars. Then they can break into the US market taking losses here and there since they're a gigantic promotion.
gamez0932
9/17/07 1:23:03AM
the more the marrier
matthughes23
9/17/07 6:14:25AM
He will strengthen the UFC's MW division, but i dont see him doing a repeat of any flying heel hook if he faces Silva again.
jgtribbett
9/17/07 6:45:11AM
i'm pretty excited about this one.... i can just hope dana continues to bring in some over seas guys for the lower weights.
Lay_N_Pray
9/17/07 10:31:52AM
I agree with you cmill, they probably can have a promotion that is respectable and maybe even near a level Pride was. I am just saying I dont think Dana is worried about the occassional Free Agent slipping through his hands because if Pride didnt put them out of business, either will K-1 Heroes, so he is probably just gonna take it slow and easy and continue brining in people as he sees fit
bezun
9/17/07 10:36:07AM

Posted by roman


Posted by guccimane

LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.


It's because he beat Silva. They are going to sell this fight as revenge for Silva, just like the Liddel Rampag 2 fight.

I agree they could have had more talented fighters, but they are thinking about dollar signs.



He beat silva with a flying knee bar to heel hook. That was an amazing fight and it's good to see a pride fighter come in who has nothing to prove to anyone who knows who he is, but will need to convince the ufc specific fans.
GrandMaster313
9/17/07 3:51:25PM

Posted by roman


Posted by guccimane

LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.


It's because he beat Silva. They are going to sell this fight as revenge for Silva, just like the Liddel Rampag 2 fight.

I agree they could have had more talented fighters, but they are thinking about dollar signs.



cmill21
9/17/07 3:56:04PM
x2. I just think the UFC's going to turn into the WWE if they keep worrying about money. That's what worries me, the pre determind winners so the fans will be happy.
Aether
9/17/07 3:59:45PM

Posted by bezun


Posted by roman


Posted by guccimane

LOL...forget Denis Kang, he wasn't a "big star" as Dana said, let's get Ryo Chonan. They should've brought in Kazuo Misaki over Chonan, this makes NO sense.


It's because he beat Silva. They are going to sell this fight as revenge for Silva, just like the Liddel Rampag 2 fight.

I agree they could have had more talented fighters, but they are thinking about dollar signs.



He beat silva with a flying knee bar to heel hook. That was an amazing fight and it's good to see a pride fighter come in who has nothing to prove to anyone who knows who he is, but will need to convince the ufc specific fans.



Flying scissor* transition into a heel hook.
bezun
9/17/07 6:01:08PM
my bad. It was amazing though.
Sam_Rothstein
9/17/07 7:10:44PM
yeah that submission over anderson silva was probably one of the coolest looking submissions around.
TOMMYAYO05
9/18/07 1:42:35AM
Im always happy to see new faces
Aether
9/18/07 4:36:13AM
yeah it was probably one of the best submissions I've ever seen.... Like Bas said when it happened, "You can only see this kind of thing in demonstrations and this guy just did it for real!"

As for the people saying "he won't be pulling some ridiculous submission this time" let's not forget that Chonan already had the fight in the bag at that point. That submission was really just a thick layer of icing on the cake. I think Chonan will still put up a great fight, but I think Anderson has improved too much since their last encounter.
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