At 32 years of age, UFC featherweight Akira Corassani (pictured) has decided his brain has taken enough abuse over his eight-year mixed martial arts career. On Monday, two days after suffering a violent knockout loss to Sam Sicilia at UFC on FOX 14, Corassani decided to hang up his MMA gloves.
“It is with deep joy I write this, I am full and content and I would never want to change a single thing,” Corassani wrote on his Facebook page. “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 hinted at possible retirement immediately after Saturday’s vicious defeat, but like all relationships, nothing is official until it’s posted on Facebook, right?
Corassani emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 14.” Although he was eliminated in the show’s semifinals, the company signed him given his potential and chaos he created on the reality series.
He started out fast by winning his first three UFC fights, but has since dropped three straight via some form of knockout. Realistically, his days inside the octagon were likely over given his current skid and it’s not worth it for someone of his age to try climbing back up the ranks in smaller promotions considering the abuse he’s recently absorbed.
Corassani leaves the game with a 12-6 (1 NC) record.