In his second fight in three months once again it was Al Iaquinta scoring a tough and well fought win over Piotr Hallmann Saturday afternoon. After a first round that could have went either way, the second and third rounds Iaquinta clearly started to fall into his groove. During his time on TUF Live Iaquinta once said “the later rounds always belong to me.” He stood strong by those words. As the fight progressed Iaquinta became stronger and more dominant, scoring another Unanimous decision win for his second fight in a row. Continue Reading
Walk us through the past few weeks. First you were supposed to take Paul Taylor’s spot and fight Anthony Anjokuani. Then Anjokuani got hurt. Now it’s your opponent that’s been changed.
It all happened pretty quickly. Now I’ll be fighting Piotr Hallman. I was back in the gym right after my fight, no layoff as far as training. I really didn’t have a chance to specially train for Anjokuani because within a few days he was out and Hallman was in.
Tell us your initial thoughts on your new opponent Piotr Hallman.
He’s a very durable fighter. He always comes in in great shape and is bigger for 155. Hallman’s a well rounded fighter, always a gamer.
He’s known for his ground and pound and strong right hand. What’s your strategy going into the fight?
The way he fights doesn’t change my strategy. I’ll look for what he does well, implement my game plan, and have an answer for it.
How important is it for you to come in and follow up your impressive August fight with another big win?
I definitely want to feed off that win against Couture and get another “W”. I think Hallman is a great opponent to show case my skills. I’m looking forward to getting back in there and following up August’s fight with another dominant performance.
Tell us about going to England. Any challenges fighting out of the country? How far in advance will you go to the UK?
I’ll get to England the Tuesday before the fight. I need to make sure I acclimate to the time change. Before I leave I’ll start to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. This way the first day I’m there I’m on there time schedule.
Anything different this time around as far as training.
No changes. Same crew Ray Longo, Serra, and Eric Hyer. All the guys from the gym have been great with helping me get prepared for this fight. I’ve been working on my wrestling with Weidman and Bowman as well. This is going to be an exciting fight make sure to check it out October 26th LIVE on Facebook!
For the second time in just a few short months Al Iaquinta will take a fight on short notice. On October 26th Iaquinta will step in and take on Anthony Njokuani at UFC fight night in Manchester England. Iaquinta is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win last month over Ryan Couture. Njokuani has fought in in WEC as well as UFC and comes in with a 17-7 record (3-3 in the UFC). Originally Njokuani was scheduled to fight Paul Taylor who was injured training last week. Wednesday Iaquinta got the call to step in and make the trip to England for the fight. Another great opertunity for Iaquinta to take a fight on short notice and follow last months impressive victory with another one. Check back here for a full story and fight preview this upcoming week. We’ll have some interviews from Al as well. All of Iaquinta Nation is excited to see Al get right back in there next month.
Good morning and Happy Tuesday. Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. While you’re sitting at work counting down the minutes till 5 o’clock here’s a few videos to catch up on and kill some time. If you missed the fight from Saturday or would just like to watch it again check out this VIDEO posted right on Facebook (If the video doesn’t start up right away hit the HD button on the bottom right of the video). Follow it up with Al’s POST FIGHT interview with Ariel Helwani. Enjoy and be sure to check back here later today for a full fight recap from Iaquinta vs. Couture.
After a long layoff Al Iaquinta was back in action Saturday night and he didn’t disappoint. For three rounds Iaquinta dominated Ryan Couture in impressive fashion, looking the best he ever has. A big congrats to Al on his first official UFC victory. Many more to come. Check back here later today for a full article and recap from Saturday night. I’ll have some pictures and video I’ll get up for everyone as well. Look for an interview here with Al later in the week. As always thank you to everyone for the support. Have a question you want Al to answer? Email them to MattPellicane@gmail.com
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally Fight Night (Excuse this post for actually being a day early, but I won’t be at a computer tomorrow). It’s been a long road to get back here for Iaquinta. A difficult loss in the TUF Finals, rehabbing his knee after surgery, and then having his opponent in Joe Proctor pull out of their April fight just two weeks before the event. From there Iaquinta took some time to get his own body back to 100%. Once that happened it was a waiting game. Waiting every day for the phone to ring about a new opponent. Finally that phone call came, and after a 15 month layoff Iaquinta will put all of that aside and step back into the Octagon once again. Continue Reading
Check out Al in Newsday today. A big thank you to our buddy Mark La Monica for putting the article together. Don’t forget to follow Mark on Twitter as well as on Newsday’s website for constant UFC and other Mixed Martial Art’s updates. Mark is one of the best in the game and a big supporter of the entire Serra Longo Fight team. Enjoy the article!
Hey everyone a few people have been asking me so I just wanted to get a few important dates out there for everyone. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask me directly at MattPellicane@gmail.com If you we’re thinking about trying to make a last minute move and trying to go to the fight there are still tickets available. I’ll be heading down there as well so I’m happy to help if you need a hand.
Thursday 8/29- UFC 164 Press Conference ( Watch on UFC.com at 4pm ET)
Friday 8/30- Offical UFC 164 Weigh Ins ( Watch on FOX Sports 2, formally FUEL, at 5pm ET)
Saturday 8/31- UFC 164 (Iaquinta vs. Couture LIVE on Facebook at 6:30 ET)
Just to note the rest of the Prelims will follow on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm, and the main card will begin at 10pm ET on PPV. Any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
It’s fight week everyone, get excited because Iaquinta vs. Couture is just a few short days away. I know a lot of you out there we’re curious about Al’s week between now and fight night. Al’s busy week starts today with a flight out to Milwaukee which will be hosting UFC 164 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Continue Reading
Talk about how anxious and excited you are to get back in the octagon next weekend.
It’s been a long time. I’m very anxious to get back in there. I’m excited, I wish the fight was this Saturday. I’m ready to get back in there and show everyone what I can do. I think people are going to see me look the best I ever have.
Fighting is your job, what you love to do. How difficult has this layoff been? When thing’s aren’t running smoothly is it a challenge to stay focused?
It’s always tough when you can’t do something you really enjoy doing. That’s one of the main reason’s I’m so anxious to get back in there. At times it can be hard to stay focused but if I can’t train myself I still have all my clients to train which helps me stay on track. Now I’m injury free and training hard. This is the best I’ve ever felt.
Tell us something you feel that’s most improved about your game in the past year.
I’m a lot more confident in executing the things I do well. I think that will help me make moves a lot quicker when I’m fighting Couture. I’ve also trained with a lot of different competitors so I have a great idea of what works or doesn’t work at a high level of competition.
What’s your game plan for this fight? What do you think your biggest strength over Couture is?
I always go in with a game plan that I’ll be looking to execute. One of my main strategies is to always outwork my opponent, especially the longer the fight goes. I think my wrestling is definitely a strength in this fight. I’ve been an athlete and a wrestler my entire life which is a big advantage for me over Ryan as well.
Have you done anything different training wise this time around? Any new training partners you’ve worked with?
Training wise I’ve actually taken the intensity down a notch or two. That’s important to ensure I’m going into this fight healthy which will be a huge advantage for me. I’ve been sparring with 170 pounder Chris Cope who was on the Ultimate Fighter. Chris has been a great guy to train with.
How important is it for you to come in here after a long layoff and not only get a win, but send a message that you’re here to stay, and a guy people should watch out for?
This is a very important fight for me. I’m looking to come in, make a statement, and get back in the win column. That’s the most important thing getting a “W”, and maybe some style point’s a long with it.
Do you have any message for all your fans?
Thank you for all the support I appreciate it, it mean’s a lot. Thank you to all my friends and family as well. I hope you’re looking forward to this fight as much as I am. Make sure you watch my fight next weekend on Facebook!