Akira Corassani announces retirement
UFC competitor Akira Corassani decided to retire from the world of mixed martial arts at the age of 32. Corassani made his professional debut in 2007, amassing a professional record of 12-6 in his eight years of mma. Corassani joined The Ultimate Fighter season 14, and went 3-3 in the UFC, losing his last three conescutive fights by TKO / KO.
Corassani’s decision to retire was due to the dangers of head trauma in the sport, and he transcribed the following via his facebook account:
“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 started his mixed martial arts career fighting as a light heavyweight, and he would end up fighting in four different weight classes (light heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight, and finally featherweight).