Blanco vs. Corassani bout booked

target="_blank">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.