01-29-2015, by JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
With all the chatter about this last weekend’s fights there has been very little said about the fighter who retired after his last match in Sweden. When I heard that Akira Corassani retired from MMA for several reasons, I thought it was time to give this fighter some respect and talk about his career.
When we first saw Corassani he competed in TUF 14 in their first Featherweight and Bantamweight season. Corassani fought in the Featherweight division on the show. Corassani was picked by coach and former TUF winner, Michael Bisping, who saw something in Corassani. When the show began, Corassani was getting the reputation of being a know-it-all. He was, though, one of the best strikers in the house. Corassani made it all the way to the semi-finals but was submitted by Dennis Bermudez. Corassani, who was so impressive in that fight, was given a contract by the UFC.
In Corassani’s first UFC fight he took on Andy Ogle who is a striker as well. These men put on a great fight but it was Corassani’s take-downs and his ground-and-pounds that earned him the win against Ogle. Corassani went 3 and 0 in the UFC until he met Dustin Poirier who is a former WEC stand out and current UFC fighter. These men had a heated back and forth twitter battle before the fight. At weigh-ins it became obvious that this fight wasn’t going to the judges for a decision.That impression was accurate as Poirier got the TKO in the 2nd round.
Corassani’s next fight was against Max Holloway in Corassani’s home town of Stockholm, Sweden. Even with the home town crowd behind him, Corassani was KOed in the 1st round. In Corassani’s last fight in the cage and of his career he once again found himself fighting in his home town, Stockholm, Sweden. He took on dangerous Sam Sicilia and both these men knew that this was a must win situation to keep their jobs with the UFC. Both these men came out with something to prove, but it was Sicilia with the KO in the first round that ended the fight.
After the fight Corassani seriously consulted with his team and his family about retiring because he thought it was time to hang up his gloves. Corassani said that he felt like his mind and body were in two entirely different places. He decided that he couldn’t keep abusing his body anymore.
Corassani’s record is 12-6-0 in MMA and went 3-3 in the UFC. Corassani made this statement, “I am full and content and I would never want to change a single thing,”
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