Feature Story : Sweden’s First TUF Fighter – Hamid “Akira” Corassani

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It’s now official. Spike TV have announced the cast of the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and it includes Sweden’s own Hamid ‘Akira’ Corassani!

“Akira” Shown on the TUF Preview

Akira on TUF Preview
Hamid "Akira" Corassani on Spike's TUF Preview


TUF 14 features UK’s Michael Bisping and Strikeforce middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller as coaches. 135 pounders and 145 pounders are featured for the first time on the show.

The fighter out of Gothenburg, now living in the US, Corassani looks to make a splash on the popular reality TV show.

Watch The TUF Preview Here

Corassani in Philly

While MMA Viking did talk with Corassani in Philly, seen below on the car ride to watch Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133, he remained tight-lipped about any involvement in the show, except saying everyone would know the situation soon.

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Akira Corassani Becomes Sweden's First TUF Contestant


The 145 lbs. fighter is a GBG MMA / TEAM Kaibon fighter, and famously known as one of the Hobbits, along with Brad Pickett and Sirwan Kakai.

Hobbits Hamid Akira Corassani, Brad Pickett and Sirwan Kakai Take On REEM!

Highlight Video

Akira Highlight 2010 from GBGMMA on Vimeo.

The 28 year old fighter is a veteran of Sweden’s Superior Challenge and The Zone FC. He lost his last fight to Paul Reed (sorry for the type here Paul!!! Fixed. For those that want to know more about this fight, read about Paul Reed Versus Akira. Reed of the UK was victorious with aggressive striking, ending the bout with a second round TKO. He sports a 9 win and 3 loss record, along with 1 no contest.

The Full Cast is Listed Below:

BANTAMWEIGHTS

JOHN ALBERT
Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 24

JOHNNY BEDFORD
Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas/ F3 Alliance
Record: 17-9-1
Age: 28

CARSON BEEBE
Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 22

ROLAND DELORME
Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Academy of MMA
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 27

TJ DILLASHAW
Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 4-0-0
Age: 25

JOHN DODSON
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 11-5-0
Age: 26

CASEY DYER
Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 21

BJ FERGUSON
Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 29

JOSH FERGUSON
Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 7-3-0
Age: 22

LOUIS GAUDINOT
Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 26

MATT JAGGERS
Fighting out of: Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack
Record: 20-7-0
Age: 25

TATEKI MATSUDA
Fighting out of: Boston, Mass. / Team Sityodtong
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 25

PAUL MCVEIGH
Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas
Record: 18-6-0
Age: 29

BRANDON MERKT
Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wisc. / The Academy
Record: 11-0-0
Age: 27

DUSTIN PAGUE
Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA
Record: 9-4-0
Age: 23

ORVILLE SMITH
Fighting out of: Indianapolis, Ind. / Integrated Fighting
Record: 11-3-0
Age: 30

FEATHERWEIGHTS

STEPHEN BASS
Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA
Record: 10-0-0
Age: 28

DENNIS BERMUDEZ
Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA
Record: 7-2-0
Age: 24

DIEGO BRANDAO
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 13-7-0
Age: 23

MARCUS BRIMAGE
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 3-1-0
Age: 31

BRYAN CARAWAY
Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 15-5-0
Age: 26

JOSH CLOPTON
Fighting out of: San Francisco, Calif. / Skrap Pack
Record: 4-0-1
Age: 29

AKIRA CORASSANI
Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon
Record: 9-3-0
Age: 28

KARSTEN LENJOINT
Fighting out of: Nottingham, United Kingdom / Wolfslair Academy
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 30

ERIC MARRIOTT
Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA
Record: 20-5-0
Age: 25

MICAH MILLER
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 17-4-0
Age: 24

DUSTIN NEACE
Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad
Record: 22-17-1
Age: 24

JESSE NEWELL
Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz BoxingRecord: 6-1-0
Age: 24

BRIAN PEARMAN
Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 26

JIMMIE RIVERA
Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 8-1-0
Age: 21

STEVEN SILER
Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy
Record: 18-9-0
Age: 24

BRYSON WAILEHUA-HANSEN
Fighting out of: Honolulu, Hawaii / MMA Development
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 24

The show will start Wednesday, September 21 at 9 pm ET/PT with a two hour premiere featuring all of the prelim bouts. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28, new episodes will be shown at 10pm ET/PT in the US.

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