Tomorrow night at UFC 223 Al Iaquinta will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title. If you’re heading to the fight we’d like to get all of Iaquinta Nation and Al’s fans together beforehand. From 4:00 PM on tomorrow afternoon people will be getting together at The Kings Beer Hall, 84 St. Marks Pl, Brooklyn NY. Great spot to get together prior to the fight, walking distance to The Barclays Center. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
If you can’t make it to the fight remember McCann’s Pub and Grill (5590 Merrick Rd. Massapequa NY 11758) is always the home for all of Al’s fights as well as all UFC cards. If you’re local on Long Island come down to McCann’s with the rest of Iaquinta Nation and support Raging Al. For larger parties be sure to call McCann’s (516-798-1496) and reserve a table ASAP. Questions please contact MattPellicane@gmail.com
Check out THIS article via MMA Junkie that discusses the Ultimate Fighter switching back to the old TV format. With a new season on the way the show, which despite it’s popularity failed to reach ratings as high as previous seasons on Spike TV. Dana White has hinted the show will switch back to it’s old format, but remain on Friday nights. This also means fighters would only have to film the show for six weeks, opposed to the grueling twelve weeks this season. Many people are conflicted if the LIVE format is the issue, or if it’s having the show on a Friday night. Personally I like the LIVE fights, I think Friday night is just a tough time slot to see good ratings. What do you think?
The great job by Al Iaquinta on this season of TUF can’t be talked about enough this week. It’s been awesome watching him every Friday this season . UFC photographers have been great in capturing all the action as it unfolded. Here’s a look at some pictures of Al’s hard work, determination, and some great moments from the past three months. All photos are property of the UFC.
Check out THIS interesting article about the scheduling of this year’s season of the Ultimate Fighter. For the first time in the show’s history each fight was live each week. Not only did this keep the fighters away for an extended period of time(fighters used to be required to be away for only 6 weeks) but made for an aggressive fight schedule down the stretch. Iaquinta for example had to fight three weeks in a row, a tough task to ask of any fighter. It will be interesting to see what changes Dana White will make to the format of the show come next season. Thank you to our friends over at Ring Fever for sending this article my way.
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In life we all set goals for ourselves. We set them high, work hard, and do everything in our power to be successful. Sometimes that success comes with great sacrifice. It may mean a dramatic change in your life. It could mean taking time away from friends, family, and loved ones to work on accomplishing those goals. Unfortunately sometimes life can be tough and you can get thrown a curveball. Sometimes as hard as you work things just don’t always go according to plan. It’s frustrating, it’s unfair, and sometimes it’s heart breaking. What we all have to remember is achieving a goal isn’t always easy. We all get knocked down sometimes. The most important thing is getting back up, and continuing to embark on that journey, following your heart, and continuing to strive to accomplish all those goals. Yes, Friday night Al Iaquinta got knocked down, but believe me when I tell you he’ll be right back up, working even harder. Al Iaquinta isn’t going anywhere, he’s going to be in this business for a long time. Continue Reading
After a great run on this season of The Ultimate Fighter TUF Live, Al Iaquinta fell just short Friday night in the TUF Finale against Mike Chiesa. Iaquinta looked sharp early, but Chiesa was able to take his back and secure a rare naked choke with 2:37 left in the first round. Iaquinta never taped, forcing Herb Dean to stop the fight. Check back here for a season ending recap tomorrow. As far as Al goes just a minor bump in the road. This is only just the beginning of what will be a great career for him. Congratulations to Al on an incredible season. All his family, friends, and Iaquinta Nation couldn’t be prouder of him. We all look forward to seeing his next fight. Thank you to all of Iaquinta Nation for the support, and everyone back in NY who came to McCann’s Friday night to watch the fight. Much more to come tomorrow.
It’s (almost) fight Night with Al Iaquinta taking on Mike Chiesa in the TUF Finale. I know this post is a day early but I’m heading to Vegas today and wasn’t sure how much I’d be able to do from my iPhone. I’m excited to go to Vegas with about 15-20 of my friends to see Al in the TUF Finale. I’ll give as many updates as I can on here or on my TWITTER account. Look for full coverage and fight recap once I’m back home Monday. Continue Reading
Check out this ARTICLE featuring former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra. Matt has been Al’s trainer along side Ray Longo and Eric Hyer for the past four years. All three trainers as well as everyone from the Serra Longo fight team has been a huge part of helping Al get to where he is at this point. Serra talks about Al and the success he’s had this season, as well as his thoughts on Al’s future in the UFC. If you have a few extra minutes watch the video with the article as well. Serra is always an entertaining guy to listen to during an interview.
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Check out the final edition of “Anik Attack” featuring UFC’s Jon Anik. Watch the video HERE where Anik discusses both Chiesa and Iaquinta’s Semi Final Fights, and looks ahead to their match up against each other. As always some interesting insights from Jon about both Iaquinta and Chiesa. Enjoy!
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Check out Al in the final edition of Newsday’s “TUF Talk” right HERE. Al talks about his upcoming fight with Mike Chiesa, Matt Serra and Ray Longo, as well as his plans once he returns back home. As always a big thank you to Mark La Monica for setting this up each week. All of Iaquinta Nation really appreciates it.