With a passionate Facebook post, Akira Corassani has made his retirement from MMA official.
Corassani suffered a loss to Sam Sicilia this past weekend in his native home of Sweden. The UFC veteran went 12-6 with one no-contest in his career, including 3-3 inside the Octagon.
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!?
Corassani was a member of The Ultimate Fighter in 2011, competing as part of Michael Bisping’s team. He lost to Dennis Bermudez in the semifinals.
He opened his UFC career with decision wins over Andy Ogle and Robbie Peralta, followed by a disqualification victory vs. Maximo Blanco in 2013. In 2014, though, he was finished by Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway, adding to the recent knockout loss to Sicilia.