Another tough fight, another win for Al Iaquinta(8-2-1) last night at UFC 169. After a strong first round Iaquinta ran into a little bit of trouble in the second. Kevin Lee was able to secure Iaquinta’s back and lock in a rear naked choke. Al spent most of that round defending and was able to eventually work his way out of the dangerous position. The third round Iaquinta came out clearly on a mission, knowing he had lost the previous round. His dominance late in the fight lead him right to another unanimous decision victory to kick off the UFC Prelims. Continue Reading
Once again Iaquinta Nation it’s fight night. For the third time in six months Al Iaquinta will step back into the octagon, this time against UFC new comer Kevin Lee. Unlike his last fight far away from home in England, this time Iaquinta will have an entire Iaquinta Nation army in his corner of friends, family, and teammates making the quick trip from New York to New Jersey. Iaquinta looks to keep the momentum going against a tough but inexperienced Kevin Lee. Continue Reading
Posting picture for #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) has become pretty popular these days. Here’s a TBT that should get everyone amped up for fight night Saturday. I figured it was the perfect time since we’ll find ourselves right back in New Jersey on Saturday, not far from Atlantic City the home of Ring of Combat. The video is an exciting look into the first fight that was a real war between Al Iaquinta and Gabriel Miglioli at ROC 36. Some great highlights as well as comments from Al, Ray Longo, and UFC Middle Weight champion Chris Weidman following the fight. Enjoy and get ready for Iaquinta vs. Lee Saturday night!
I’ve had a lot of people asking me for a better idea on times for all of this weekends action. Here’s what we’re looking at, plan your weekend accordingly! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Prudential Center on Saturday. All of the following will take place at Live at The Prudential Center in New Jersey.
Friday 1/31 3:00pm - Fight Club Q and A hosted by UFC light heavy weight champion Jon Jones (Prudential Center/ UFC Fight Pass online)
Friday 1/31 4:00pm- Offical UFC 169 Weigh- In, Open to Public (Prudential Center/ Fox Sports 1(check local listings)
Saturday 2/1 6:30pm - Fight Pass Early Prelims (Prudential Center/ UFC Fight Pass Online)
Saturday 2/1 8:00pm- UFC 169 Prelims: Iaquinta vs. Lee (Prudential Center/ Fox Sports 1)
Saturday 2/1 10:00pm- UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber (Prudential Center/ PPV)
Reminder if you aren’t able to attend the fight make your way to the best UFC viewing spot in town. McCann’s Pub and Grill(5590 Merrick Road Massapequa NY) will have all the fights on all 50 TV’s the building has to offer. A great sport to watch the fights, have a great meal, and a few drinks. Any additional questions email me at MattPellicane@gmail.com
Just in time for fight night we have a brand new official “Raging” Al Iaquinta T-Shirt for you. Supplies are extremely limited. Get in touch with me or email me at MattPellicane@gmail.com to place an order today. First come first serve on orders, shirts will go fast. There will be more down the line but be sure to get this great new shirt just in time for Al’s fight Saturday night. Shirts are $30 and range from sizes S- 2XL. Don’t miss this great opertunity to pick up this awesome new T-Shirt. As always Al and I thank you all for the support.
Here’s a few articles to catch up on if you haven’t seen them yet this morning. If you missed it Sunday morning Al was in Newsday. Catch up on a great article by our Friend Mark La Monica. If you’re unfamiliar with Mark’s work he does an outstanding job writing for Newsday and has an incredible understanding and appreciation for mixed martial arts. Be sure to keep up with his work and follow him on Twitter as well.
If you haven’t gotten your fill after that check out another article from UFC.com from yesterday. The article does a nice job of putting Al’s journey from the Ultimate Fighter to present day in review, his thoughts on teammate Chris Weidman, and how important it is for him to be able to fight so close to home. Enjoy!
Following the night after a big match up between two fighters in the light weight division Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson(both ranked in the top 5) battled it out in a very technical five round fight that most fans think Henderson stole for a controversial win. Iaquinta prepares this week for a fight in the same weight division. For Al, or any fighter for that matter you always pay attention to other people in your weight division and different match ups. Yet for Iaquinta it’s this fight in front of him. No one else. That’s all you can do is beat the guy in front of you. Take it one fight at a time and if you keep getting these important wins your stock will only rise. Continue Reading
Talk to us about your last fight going to England and fighting Piotr Hallman. Your thoughts on England and having the opportunity to fight there?
It was a great experience. It was a part of the world I probably never would have gotten a chance to see, a really awesome opportunity. It was a great fight in the octagon under the lights, against a tough opponent. The fight did a great job getting me ready for the next one.
At UFC 169 you’ll have a chance to keep this win streak going taking on new comer Kevin Lee. What are your initial thoughts on what you’ve seen from him so far?
He has a lot of amateur experience just like I did. He’s got a long reach, good stand up, and a decent wrestling background. At the end of the day I don’t think he’s faced the same quality of guys that I have.
Lee has won his last three fights by way of submission. How will this change your approach if at all?
I’ll look at what he does and be prepared for it. Otherwise I’m working on my game and fine tuning everything that I do well, making sure I bring my best game into the octagon.
It’s difficult getting into someone else’s head, but do you think a young 21 year old Lee will have a difficult time adjusting to a big stage on National TV?
It can be, it really depends on the person and how they react to it. Regardless all I can do is prepare the best I can and expect that he’ll be ready to go.
Injuries canceled your fight at UFC 159. Now you have another opportunity to fight locally in front of friends, family, and teammates. How important is that for you after traveling so far from home for your last two fights?
The support I’ve gotten from my friends and family is really awesome. They always get together to watch the fights, being able to have them there live is great. I’m lucky enough to always have friends and family attending my fights, having it so close will hopefully get a lot of people down who can’t normally make it. It’s great having them there to support me and watch my back.
Your TUF coach Urijah Faber was just added to the UFC 169 card to fill in for the injured Dominick Cruz and fight Renan Barao for the Bantamweight title. What are your thoughts on that fight?
It’s an awesome opportunity for him, he’s had an unbelievable year. I think his hard work will pay off and he’ll come home with the strap.
You we’re just recently out in California for several weeks training with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male. Tell us about that experience and having the opportunity to train with those guys.
They have a bunch of great guys to train with right around my weight. Everyone who trains there has a great attitude, they’re a pleasure to train with. They’ve given me some great tips to add to my game that I’ll carry into this upcoming fight.
Any additional thoughts or comments?
Thank you everyone for the support, looking forward to the fight in a few weeks. Hope you all can make it to the Prudential Center. Follow me on Twitter @AlIaquinta, IaquintaMMA.com, or right here at Iaquinta Nation!
On Febuary 1st Al Iaquinta will once again step back into the octagon for the third time in six months. This time around his opponent will be UFC new comer Kevin Lee. Iaquinta will look to give the undefeated Lee a very unfriendly welcome to the UFC as he looks to make it three wins in a row, his first of the new year.
Iaquinta comes off yet another impressive performance against another undefeated fighter Piotr Hallman. Al traveled all the way to England for the fight and continued the same momentum from his previous fight against Ryan Couture, putting in an impressive performance for a unanimous decision win. Another opponent that was considered to be a tough challenge, resulting in another win for Iaquinta. Continue Reading
On February 1st, Superbowl weekend Al Iaquinta will join a card at the Prudential Center with several exciting fights including a long awaited main event for the Bantamweight title between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao. If you live locally I would suggest making the trip for what will be a great night of fights and to show Al some support. Looking forward to getting all of Iaquinta Nation together for a Live fight. Several people have been asking me about ticket information. A long with a few other people I’ve purchased tickets in Section 102, Row 4. As of right now those tickets we’re going for around $100. A great deal for those seats. The prices WILL go up. I would suggest getting tickets as soon as possible. Try to purchase tickets in Section 102 or as close to it as possible this way we can all be together during Al’s fight. Tickets can be purchased right on UFC’s website.
As far as transportation to the fight, as of right now there isn’t anything planned. If you aren’t driving there are ways to get to the venue via train. If you have any other questions feel free to email me at MattPellicane@gmail.com Happy Holidays, talk to everyone soon.