Mixed martial artist Ryo Chonan, who has fought nearly exclusively for PRIDE and DEEP, will reportedly be coming to the UFC in October according to MMA Insight.
Chonan holds a 14-7 MMA record and fights in the middleweight division. He holds wins over UFC veteran Roan Carneiro and current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Other notable wins include Joey Villasenor and Carlos Newton. Chonan has not shied away from tough competition losing to Phil Baroni, Paulo Filho, and current PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson.
Chonan could be just the guy the UFC needs to add some additional competitive depth to the middleweight division. With a string of wins in the UFC combined with his 2 straight wins in the DEEP organization Chonan could be poised to take on current champion Anderson Silva in late 2008. The match would serve as a chance for Silva to defend his loss to Chonan from 2004 and the UFC would be able to market the title match.
Although the report suggests Chonan is coming to the UFC in October the rumored UFC 77 fight card is full and something is going to need to change to fit Chonan into the lineup if he is to make his debut at the Cincinnati event.