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Akira Corassani Posts X-Ray of Broken Nose From Illegal Knee

Written by Tom Ngo
December 1st, 2013
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It took Maximo Blanco 25 whole seconds to break Akira Corassani’s nose Saturday at “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.” Unfortunately for Blanco, his opponent was still grounded when he unleashed his knee into Corassani’s grill.

Corassani was clearly dazed and confused after eating the illegal strike, telling cage-side officials that he couldn’t see. And now we know why…

“Broke my nose in 5 places which was not as bad as the concussion from the knee,” Corassani posted on his Instagram account Sunday with the above pic. “The dizziness got worse gradually and I was rocked as hell. Truthfully I dont remember much but this was not the way I wanted to win, I was more than ready for this fight and due to a stupid move the fight was ruined. Thanks for all your support and I’ll be back soon!”

Blanco did a celebratory backflip after kneeing Corassani in the face, thinking the strike was a legitimate one. However, on replay it was clear Corassani’s knee was still touching the canvas when the shot landed.

Perhaps if Blanco could have waited a second later to unload the strike it would have been legal.

Instead, Corassani walked away with a disqualification victory And a broken nose…

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