Akira Corassani Undergoing Reconstructive Facial Surgery Following TUF 18 Finale
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.03.2013
He took an illegal knee...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Akira Corassani (12-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) spoke about the reconstructive surgery he is currently undergoing. He suffered nasal injuries when Maximo Blanco (9-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) hit an illegal knee during the finale for The Ultimate Fighter 18 this past Saturday. He was named the winner by disqualification.
On what he remembers from the fight: "I knew that that the first two minutes of the fight were going to be tough. I was prepared mentally, physically, spiritually, because we knew he was going to swarm. The plan was to counter and pivot and weather the storm before turning the momentum and trying to knock him out. I remember that he took me down, and I popped right back up to my knees. I remember that all I was thinking was to protect my ribs, my body. If he had released me to punch, I would've stood up. But since he was holding me down, I was defending the knee to the body. From there after, I don't remember anything until the locker room. Then it was like somebody hit me with cold water, and I was just like, ‘Where am I now?'"
On if he realized he won the fight: "I couldn't really see anything. It felt like I was underwater somehow. The doctor came in and pressed on my nose, and I was just trying to get his hands away. I assumed I had just been knocked out. I honestly didn't understand what was going on. You know when you were a teenager and had way too much to drink? It was like that. You don't even know what's going on. You think you're on another planet. The next thing I remembered, I'm sitting in the back and somebody walked up and gave me two checks. Then I think I started talking about taxes or something. It was so surreal."
On being accused of faking his injuries: "It's the shot you don't see that gets you. But I never, ever said I couldn't continue. I don't think anybody ever even asked me that. I didn't even know I was in a cage at that point. I don't read too many comments, but I have Twitter, and I saw people posting a lot of BS. But I understand people. When you're not in there, you don't get it. I'm not mad at them. They go to a tae bo class or cardio kickboxing and think that's what we're doing. When you see it on TV, that's one thing. When you're in there feeling it, it's something different."