UFC Vet Akira Corassani Announces Retirement
By FCF Staff
Following a knockout loss to Sam Sicilia at UFC on FOX 14 this past weekend, it looks as though featherweight vet Akira Corassani has decided to hang up the gloves.
The following post recently appeared on Corassani’s official Facebook page:
I got into to this to challenge myself, get kicks and thrills and live life as close to Van Damme in Bloodsport as possible. I was 22 years old working at a factory confused and bored when I made a bet with my co-workers to become a fighter. They laughed and I said WATCH! I did it all and holy smoke what an adventure it has been. I feel like I could write at least 8 books about my journey, the behind the scenes stuff and other craziness. If I found lamp today and rubbed it and a genie popped out and asked me to make a wish I would say “I wish every human being on earth could experience everything I have.
Along the way I never thought of how many people I’d inspired, entertained and upset (mostly keyboard warriors). It is with deep joy I write this, I am full and content and I would never want to change a single thing. My brain has filed for a divorce and doesn’t want to cooperate anymore. The passion and the technique is there but every car has a date (except for the Swedish Volvo 740). I feel like I have so much to share, show and talk about and I will in the future… From the bottom of my heart… THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL 12 YEARS AND I TRULY LOVE AND APPRECIATE THAT YOU TUNED IN. It was all my pleasure folks. I salute you, THE END!?
The loss to Sicilia’s was Corassani’s third straight, as the 32 year-old fighter was coming off stoppage defeats to Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway.
Prior to the defeats, however, the Swedish fighter had won three bouts in a row. Corassani made his way to the UFC after competing on the 14th Season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The featherweight made his pro debut in 2007 and proceeded to go 12-6.