On the 26th Suki MMA reported the following from Ryo Chonan's blog:
My friend in the US talked to the UFC staff and told me that they offer me a fight sometimes soon. I haven't fought for a while and have no money. I cannot wait anymore, and decided to go to the US for 6 months from the middle of April.
Then on the 27th:
It's good to know that Ryo will be getting a fight soon but it is certainly disappointing to know that in the current "boom era" of MMA the largest MMA organization in the world isn't giving fighters big enough paydays that they are hitting the point where they are begging for a fight because they have no money.
Most of the money a fighter makes is still tied to sponsorships but if you're not being put on TV to promote your sponsors they're probably not going to sink much money into you.
The business side of the sport can still be really ugly sometimes.