The Ultimate Fighter alumnus Akira Corassani
has been added to the TUF 18 Finale on Nov. 30, when he’ll take on
the dynamic Venezuelan Maximo Blanco.
The UFC announced the featherweight matchup over the
Corassani, who participated on season 14 of TUF, has won both of
his official Octagon bouts, defeating Andy Ogle and Robbie Peralta
in decision victories. The win over Peralta was the biggest of his
career, as he snapped the American’s 10-fight unbeaten stretch.
He’s 11-3 with 1 no contest overall.
However, shortly after that win, the 31-year-old Corassani was
injured and forced to withdraw from a proposed bout with Mike
Brown. This will be his first fight back since the unspecified
Blanco has split his two Octagon outings. He debuted in April
2012 with a split-decision loss to Marcus Brimage. His next matchup
came almost a year later, but resulted in a unanimous decision
victory over Sam Sicilia.
Seven of Blanco’s nine career wins are via knockout. He’s 9-4-1
with 1 no contest overall.
TUF 18 Finale takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in
Las Vegas, and features a main event of flyweight champion
Demetrious Johnson against challenger Joseph Benavidez in a rematch
of their 2012 bout. Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will also tangle,
along with the finalists of season 18.