Jason Young (left) awaits a new opponent for his UFC on Fuel 2 bout. | Photo: Sherdog.com
Hard-hitting featherweight Akira Corassani has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Jason Young as originally expected at UFC on Fuel 2.
The promotion recently issued a press release to members of the Swedish media, revealing that Young will meet a to-be-announced replacement at the April 14 event, which marks the UFC’s inaugural trip to Sweden.
Headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between top Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson and former Pride Fighting Championships star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, UFC on Fuel 2 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
A cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14, Corassani has seen his UFC debut delayed twice to date. After falling to Dennis Bermudez in the show’s semifinal round, Corassani was expected to face Steven Siler at the live finale on Dec. 3 before suffering an injury. The 29-year-old’s last in-cage appearance came one year ago, when he was knocked out in the second round by Paul Reed.
Known for his technical and accurate standup attack, Young is still searching for his first UFC victory. After debuting with a hard-fought decision loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 131, “Shotgun” was again outpointed five months later, this time by Michihiro Omigawa at November’s UFC 138. The Brit owns half of his career wins by decision and has never been knocked out.
Ryan O’Leary contributed to this report.