I know some people out there aren’t on Facebook so I wanted to post this on here as well. If you do have Facebook and I missed you I apologize! We’re going to be doing a bus trip and tailgate leaving from McCann’s Pub and Grill the day of the fight. Most of you know the bar well after watching all of Al’s fights from TUF Live there. Here’s the information from the Facebook event. I’m trying to get a head count for the buses as soon as possible. If you would like to come and don’t have Facebook please let me know and I’ll make sure you’re accounted for.
McCann’s has offered to help put together a Bus Trip and Tailgate. Price, which will be determined once we get a better head count will include transportation to The Prudential Center, all you can drink beers, and food (most likely hero’s). We’re hoping to get a big crowd all traveling together. In order to get the ball rolling on this PLEASE only hit Attending if you’re going to participate in the bus and tailgate. We need to do this to figure out how many buses well need. Please don’t hesitate to respond, the sooner the better so I can start making arrangements.
I hope you all come this should be a lot of fun and I know Al appreciates the support. Feel free to use this group for questions on the tailgate as well as anything else. You can email me at MattPellicane@gmail.com with any other questions as well.
***As far as fight tickets I’ll have some more information out during the week. Tickets are all ready on sale so we have to be on that ASAP. I’m looking into trying to get a big block of tickets together. If that’s too difficult I’ll pick a section of a reasonable price and well try to all sit close together if possible***
Now that Al’s fight has been announced it’s the perfect time to pick up your Iaquinta Nation T- Shirts or Tank Tops. For just $25 you can do your part to represent #TeamIaquinta. The T- Shirts come in all sizes, and although it may not be tank top weather the tanks are great to wear in the gym. As far as picking up shirts you have several options. Orders can be placed on here and emailed to MattPellicane@gmail.com You can also pick up T-Shirts locally at East Coast MMA Fight Shop (220 Sunrise Hwy Rockville Centre, NY 11570) as well as McCann’s Pub and Grill (5590 Merrick Rd Massapequa, NY 11758). Don’t wait, pick up your new Iaquinta Nation shirt today! Thank you for the support.
Here’s Al’s fight predictions for tonight. Let’s hear yours!
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (Edgar)
Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Evans)
Alisair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva (Overeem)
Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia (Fitch)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall (Benavidez)
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Al Iaquinta is no stranger to fighting in New Jersey, just a few short hours from his home in Long Island New York. He’s fought as an amateur and professional in New Jersey over twenty times. In April, Iaquinta will head back to Jersey once again this time fighting on the UFC 159 Card. Iaquinta is scheduled to fight his former Team Faber teammate Joe Proctor. The fight was first announced here yesterday by Iaquinta himself. An announcement most of Al’s fans and Iaquinta Nation have been waiting to hear for some time. On April 27 a healthy Iaquinta will step back into the octagon, more motivated then ever. Continue Reading
Following an impressive knock out win over Mark Munoz, Al’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman has since been sidelined following surgery on a torn labrum. Weidman was injured while training for his fight against Tim Boetsch. Many people, as well as Weidman himself believe he should be the next in line for a shot at Anderson Silva’s middle weight title. Although Weidman may not be the biggest name in the middle weight division, there’s no denying that he’s the most deserving of a shot, especially with Micheal Bisping’s recently losing to Vitor Belfort. For some more information on this controversial middle weight discussion check out what MMA Junkie had to say. There’s lot’s of Long Island MMA fans that would love to see Weidman get his shot.
The newest season of the Ultimate Fighter starts tonight at 8pm on FX. The show moves back to a midweek spot for the first time in two seasons since making the switch to the FX Network. 28 Middle weights will fight for a chance to get into the TUF House. They’ll be coached by UFC Light Heavy weight champion Jon Jones as well as Chael Sonnen. Sonnen has the reputation of being a very controversial and outspoken character, making him one of the most intriguing coaches on the hit reality show yet. Check out a full list of all 28 Fighters stepping into the octagon tonight as well as a video preview from MMA Junkie.
UFC is Live from Brazil tonight with a great card featuring a main event between UFC veteran Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping. It’s likely the winner of the fight will get a shot at Anderson Silva’s middle weight title. Belfort has all ready lost to Silva once at UFC 126, getting knocked out in the first round. Bisping has been in the discussion for a middle weight title shot for awhile now, and he’s been very vocal in letting people know he’s the most deserving. Here’s Al’s fight picks for tonight. Let’s hear yours.
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping (Bisping)
Daniel Sarafian vs. CD Dolloway (Serafian)
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell (Gonzaga)
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (Tavares)
Check out Al’s Serra Longo teammate Costa Philippou in this video segment with Newsday.com Philippou steps in for injured teammate Chris Weidman to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155. Thank you to Mark La Monica for putting the interview together.
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Our friend Mark La Monica talked to Al and covered the story around Al’s UFC return. Once that fight is anounced make sure you check in here as well as Mark’s Newsday page for constant updates leading up to the fight. A big thank you to Mark for covering the story.
UFC is back on FOX tonight and has a bunch of great fights lined up, headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Benson Henderson for the lightweight title. All the action starts on FX at 5 o’clock where you can see Al’s Team Faber teammates Joe Proctor and Daron Cruickshank get back in the octagon. Good luck to both of those guys in their fights. Here’s Al’s fight predictions for tonight.
Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (Diaz)
Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Gustafsson)
BJ Penn vs. Rory Macdonald (Macdonald)
Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown (Swick)
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stevens (Stevens)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton (Easton)
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor (Proctor)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez (Cruickshank)