Akiri Corassani gave a spirited first round performance against Dustin Poirier tonight at the TUF Nations Finale and was giving a good account of himself on the feet, but early in the second ‘The Diamond’ started to turn up the heat and produced a TKO victory.

Round One:

Corassani throwing a few hard right hooks in the opening minute as Poirier tries to take the center of the cage.

Poirier staying composed and picking his shots. Then they exchange leather and get into a clinch that doesn’t lead anywhere.

Poirier lands a nice jab and he’s looking more aggressive now. Corassani connects and Poirier stumbles. Corassani scores with a few more and Poirier rubs at his eye.

Not quite the start Poirier would have hoped for, but he’s continuing on regardless. Poirier’s work looks cleaner at times, but he’s not giving his opponent’s offense enough respect and is taking shots as he walks forward.

They trade blows in close, both going hell of leather here and eating shots in the process.

They hit the mat with Poirier on his knees over Corassani looking for a potential submission. He intially looks for a d’arce choke, but then changes things up, attempting to lock in a rare peruvian neck tie here and seems to have it, but can’t get the tap and Corassani frees himself.

Back to the feet they go and Corassani is bleeding from a cut to his head as they both try to get some last strikes in before the round comes to an end.

Round Two:

Corassani with a few punches and Poirier returns fire with a punches and kicks.

Suddenly Poirier is pouring it on his opponent, connecting with a left hand and then a big uppercut behind it. Corassani backing up now, but Poirier follows up and unleashes a barrage of left and rights.

Corassani wilts under this offensive barrage and sinks to the mat, and this fight is over with Poirier earning the TKO victory at 0.42mins of the second round!

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