Ryo Chonan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Fresh off of a disappointing effort in the UFC, Ryo Chonan made a successful return to his former home, picking up a unanimous decision over fellow veteran Jutaro Nakao in the main event of DEEP’s “43rd Impact” show on Sunday morning at at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
In the first of two championship fights on the card, grappling specialist Masakazu Imanari retained his DEEP bantamweight title, using a variety of submission attempts to thwart challenger Tomohiko Hori and earn a unanimous decision win.
Meanwhile DEEP featherweight champion Dokonjonosuke Mishima didn’t fair so well, falling to a superior wrestler in Takafumi Otsuka who kept Mishima on his back for the majority of the fight en route to a three-round nod from the judges.
Other notable bouts included K-1 product Bernard Ackah needing only seven seconds to stop Ryushi Yanagisawa with strikes in a TKO win and EliteXC veteran Zach Makovsky falling to Toshiaki Kitada via first-round submission.
Complete results from the event courtesy of Sherdog.com:
Ryo Chonan def. Jutaro Nakao - Unanimous Decision
Masakazu Imanari def. Tomohiko Hori - Unanimous Decision
Takafumo Otsuka def. Dokonjonosuke Mishima - Unanimous Decision
Bernard Ackah def. Ryushi Yanagisawa - TKO (Strikes), R1
Toshiaki Kitada def. Zach Makovsky - Submission (Choke), R1
Yoshitomo Watanabe Pat Ayuyu - TKO (Strikes), R2
Won Sik Park def. Yuichi Ikari - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Hans Stringer def. Yuji Sakuragi - TKO (Strikes), R2
Koichiro Matsumoto def. Shunichi Shimizu - Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Tsuchida def. KZ KZ - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Masato Kataoka def. Hideyuki Noro - Submission (Armbar), R1
Yasuhiro Kawasaki def. Tomoya Kato - Unanimous Decision
Yuki Ito vs. Sadao Kondo - Draw