Just a few reminders for all you none Facebook people out there. Tickets for Al’s fight on April 27th are going quickly. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet make sure you do that as soon as possible. Most people have been buying tickets in Section 121 or as close to it as possible. Those tickets are $178. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling Ticket Master directly.
The first party bus has all ready been filled. We’re in the process of filling the second one so if you’re interested please let me know. The bus will be $80 and include transportation, an hour open bar with buffet at McCann’s before the bus leaves, as well as unlimited beers to and from the event. Please contact me at MattPellicane@gmail.com if you’re interested. We all ready have a great crowd going and are hoping for even more.
I want to thank everyone for checking in here at Iaquinta Nation on a daily basis. Some of you may not know about Al’s main website IaquintaMMA.com which has recently been updated. When you have a few minutes make sure you check it out. The site has some great articles as well as video’s including full episodes from Al’s fights on TUF Live. In the next few weeks you’ll also be able to order Iaquinta Nation shirts and tank tops directly from the online store. If you’re interested in personal training or sponsorship details you can get more information on that website as well. Thank you again for all the support we appreciate it.
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.
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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
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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.
Hey everyone. We wanted to reach out to everyone following Hurricane Sandy. We hope all of our friends out there stayed safe during this difficult time. The damage that has taken place from Long Island, to New York City, to New Jersey, and the rest of the Eastern seaboard is shocking and devastating. We appreciate the support that everyone here has shown for Al during his time on TUF Live, as well as the continued support as he prepares for his next fight over the next few months. We would like to offer that same support in return. If there’s anything we can do for anyone in need please let us know. Well do anything we can if anyone needs a hand. Good luck to everyone and their families effected during this difficult time, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything we can help out with.
Check out Al’s Serra Longo teammate Chris Weidman showing Ariel Helwani the damage to his home right here in Baldwin, New York. Weidman, who’s family made it safe through the Hurricane, shows Helwani how the storm destroyed his Long Island home.
Hey everyone. Just a heads up, be sure to check here all week for a few new videos, interviews, and much more. Al is back at it and training hard preparing for his next opportunity to get in the octagon. Al feels great following his knee surgery and is looking forward to getting back in there as soon as possible. In the meantime you can still do your part to support #TeamIaquinta. Pick up your Iaquinta Nation T- Shirt or Tank top today, available in all sizes. Shirts can be mailed to you if you live out of state as well. Email me at MattPellicane@gmail.com or contact Al above and place an order today.
Take a minute and catch up with Al. Look for interviews like this one right here every week. If you have any questions you’d like Al to answer email them to MattPellicane@gmail.com If you’d like an Iaquinta T- Shirt or tank you can send me an email there and let me know as well.
How’s the knee feeling and how’s the progress coming along?
My knee is feeling pretty good! My leg is still small and weak. Aside from that there’s very little pain and I have full range of motion.
What’s your rehab like at this point?
Rehab is going good. Three times a week I’m going over to Mike Camp over at Bethpage PT. He does a great job, pushes me hard but not too hard.
Although you can’t fully train yet yourself, you’re back to training clients. How’s that going? Does it give you the itch to get back in there as soon as possible?
I’m definitely itching to get back in there and train myself! I’m back to training all my clients and that definitely keeps me occupied. Since TUF I have added a good amount of clients so I have definitely been busy as of late.
Both Jose Aldo and Rampage Jackson have been injured and are of the next UFC in Brazil. What do you think about all these recent injuries?
Injuries are just part of the game. People get injured and it makes for a difficult job for the UFC to save these fight cards. I heard that both Urijah Faber and Chad Mendez have put in to fill Jose Aldo’s spot and fight Frankie Edgar. I think if Edgar fought Urijah or Chad Mendez either would be a great fight.
When can we expect to see you back in the octagon? Who would you like to fight?
I think it is reasonable for me to get back in the mix around the end of January or February. I want to fight on the main card. I realize that may not happen my first fight back. If that’s the case I want to fight whoever I have to so that a win would ensure my next fight will be on the main card.
Al and I just wanted to thank everyone who came out this past Friday to Mulchay’s to support Nick Polo. Mulcahy’s helped hold a benefit to support Nick as he recovers from brain surgery. Nick’s strength is incredible, and the toughness he’s show is truly inspiring. It was amazing to see how many people came down Friday (over 1,500) to show support, make donations, participate in auctions, and show how quickly the town of Wantagh and all their friends and family come together for a great cause. Life is tough sometimes, and it’s nice to see during those tough times how quickly people rally behind a friend in need. Another thanks has to go out to UFC’s Matt Serra, Chris Weidman, Contantions Philippou, Strikeforce’s Gian Villante, as well as Al himself for coming down and showing their support, as well as auctioning off sighed memorabilia during the auction. It’s was great to have those guys come down and give up some of their time for a great cause.
Thank you again for the overwhelming kindness and support. The Polo’s are great people, and I know they couldn’t be more appreciative of all the support everyone has shown Nick as he battles through this difficult time. If you’re interested in making a donation please contact Pete at 516-647-3042.