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In honor of Al being in England I thought this would be a fun opportunity for this Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) Video. Here’s a great exchange between Al and his Team Faber teammate Andy Ogle from TUF Live last year. Best of luck to Andy who will be fighting Cole Miller on the Preliminary card this Saturday as well.
Also to note, keep an eye out for the fighter Al beat to get into the TUF house Jon Tuck this Saturday as he takes on Norman Parke.
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Check out this VIDEO from Ultimate Fighter’s website titled “Head Games.” Get inside the minds of Al Iaquinta as well as Vinc Pichel before and after their quarter final fights. Both fighters also give some input on their Semi Final fight this Friday Night. Iaquinta once again discusses the challenge of fighting a teammate, and what a strange experience that was. Be sure to continue to check here all week for updated coverage on Al heading into the Semi Finals.
Once again I want to thank everyone for coming down to McCann’s this past Friday for Iaquinta vs. Ogle. As always it was a great turn out and everyone had an awesome time. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but I really appreciate all the support for Al and I know his family does as well. Al saw a video of the crowd reaction after the Myles Jury fight, and spoke afterwards about how much everyone coming down to McCann’s, and the overwhelming support mean’s to him. If you missed it here’s a quick look into all the excitement inside McCann’s from Friday night.(Make sure to “like” McCann’s FACEBOOK page to see more pictures from Friday.) Check here later today for details on another viewing party and open bar at McCann’s this Friday March 25th.
Also check out some video HERE from Newsday’s Mark La Monica. Mark has two post fight interview’s with Eric Hyer and Ray Longo, as well as video of the crowd’s reaction at the end of Iaquinta’s fight at McCann’s.
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Al Iaquinta sent a message to everyone in the TUF house, and everyone watching the show Friday night. He is not to be taken lightly, and showed that he’s one of the toughest, hardest working fighters on the show. The tough Andy Ogle was no match for the quickness and impressive striking of Iaquinta, who picked Ogle a part before knocking him out at the end of the first round. That’s where it all ended let’s take a minute to go back where Friday’s episode began. Continue Reading
Al Iaquinta made a statement last night. He showed people that he’s the guy who is not to be messed with in this tournament. With a big knock out win over Andy Ogle in the first round Iaquinta moves to the semi-finals where he’ll fight Vinc Pichel next week. Check back here later today for a full fight recap and much more. A big thank you to everyone who came to McCanns last night to watch the fight. As always it was a great time, and I appreciate everyone coming down.
It’s been about a month and a half since his last fight with Myles Jury, but it’s finally time for Al Iaquinta to get back in the cage. He’ll do that tonight when he fights his friend and teammate Andy Ogle in a crucial quarter final fight. Make sure to watch the fight LIVE on FX at 10 PM.(Don’t forget big viewing party and open bar at McCann’s Pub and Grill, Massapequa NY.) The two have talked throughout the week about the challenges of fighting someone who they’ve worked with and become close with over the past few months. “Living in the same room as Andy can be awkward” Iaquinta said, “I’ve been laying in bed all night thinking about ways to beat him up, I’m sure he’s probably doing the same.” Al also went on to touch on the personality of Ogle. “He’s really good at conveying his emotions to people, which is something I’m not really good at. I envy him because of that aspect, I kind of want to beat him up because of it also.” Continue Reading
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In getting ready for all the craziness at McCanns tomorrow night for Iaquinta vs. Ogle just wanted to take a second to remind all you Facebook people to “like” Al on FACEBOOK.(I’m extremely jealous because he all ready has more people that have “liked” him then I have Facebook friends, but that’s beyond the point.) Just like you’ve all shown amazing support for Al on this blog, liking his Facebook page is just another great way to show some support. The page has some great pictures as well as direct quotes from Al. Not to worry if you don’t have Facebook, anything important about Al will always be posted right here on Iaquinta Nation. As always thank you all for reading. Look for a final fight preview for Iaquinta vs. Ogle right here tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone at McCanns tomorrow night.
Here’s a great video that got posted earlier on UltimateFighter.com Get an in depth perspective from Iaquinta and Ogle leading up to their fight Friday Night. The two give some great insights on their upcoming fight, and the challenge of fighting someone who isn’t only a teammate, but lives in the same room as you. You can tell both Iaquinta and Ogle have a mutual respect for one another, but are ready to get down to business because the other person is standing in the way of their dream. Watch the video HERE where both fighters touch on the battle of being away from home for so long as well.
***Also check out a quick shout out from Al to his family and friends from Ultimate Fighter Live’s YouTube account HERE***
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Check out Al’s weekly interview in TUF Talk right HERE. Find out Al’s thoughts on fighting his teammate and friend Andy Ogle, how the two are being coached this week, and how the entire team has reacted to the teammates having to fight each other. As always a big thank you to Newsday’s Mark La Monica for putting all of this together. If you have any questions you want Al to answer contact Mark via TWITTER. Check back here for more info on Iaquinta vs. Ogle later today.
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This Friday night will conclude the final two quarterfinal match ups, the first being between Vinc Pichel and Chris Saunders, and the fight the majority of you reading this are most interested in Al Iaquinta vs. Andy Ogle. While most of the guys are friendly with each other in the house, the match up between Iaquinta and the England native Ogle is the first time this season two teammates will face off against each other. You’ll get a chance to see two guys in Iaquinta and Ogle who have different backgrounds, different styles, and different mentalities face off in what should be a very interesting fight. Continue Reading