Two featherweights are set to go to battle to take another step up the 145 ladder at UFC 156. Ultimate Fighter alum. Akira Corassani looks to go 2-0 as he faces hot prospect Robbie Peralta. UFC 156 is taking place on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card is headlined by a featherweight title fight between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and current 145 champ Jose Aldo in a bout that has been talked about for years.
Corassani was a contestant on the 14th season of the Ultimate Fighter and was set to make his debut all the way back in December of 2011, but injuries postponed the match. Once again injuries stymied his debut when he was set to take on Jason Young last April. Finally, he got his chance against Andy Ogle last September, and took home a split decision win. Now, he faces one of the original Strikeforce transfers in Robbie Peralta.
Peralta first fought in Strikeforce in April 2011, and he earned a split decision win over Japanese import Hiroyuki Takaya. After that win Strikeforce put the brakes on their featherweight division, Peralta was scooped up by the UFC. Peralta looked to be a decent fighter with a decision win over Mike Lullo and a no-contest against Mackens Semerzier. Then he faced Jason Young and showed off his real potential. A knockout in just 23 seconds into the first round secured himself a win, and the tag of prospect. We will see if he lives up to the tag when he takes on Corassani this February.
*Update: Corassani has taken to twitter to announce that he will not be able to take the fight, due to a fever.
“@AkiraCorassani: fight on UFC 156 was offered to me but unfortunately I am wrestling an intense fever right now. Very sad about it, perfect fight for me!
With all due respect @PeraltaMMA if the @ufc would give us a later date, it would be my honor to crush you! @seanshelby”