As we get into all the craziness this week I just wanted to throw a few reminders out there for everyone. If you don’t have Facebook or weren’t there last time, McCanns is the spot Friday night for all of Iaquinta Nation to watch Iaquinta vs. Ogle. If you weren’t able to come down last time HERE’S some pictures and video from Al’s last fight against Myles Jury. Everyone always has a great time and the atmosphere is really incredible. We’ll be doing a three hour open bar for 40 dollars(top shelf no shots) with some appetizers also. Check out all the details about McCanns right HERE on Facebook. If you aren’t doing the open bar that’s great also just come down and show some support for Al. As always it’s going to be a great time.
If you still haven’t gotten your Iaquinta Nation T-Shirt get in touch with me this week. Right now I have smalls, mediums, and extra larges, but I’ll have more of everything on Friday night. If you want to get a shirt try and get there a little earlier because once the show starts everyone will just be focused on that. If you all ready have a shirt don’t forget to wear it Friday Night! I look forward to seeing everyone down at McCanns for another awesome night.
Two very exciting fights with what many felt surprising outcomes this passed Friday night. With two fights scheduled for the night, the episode only had a small amount of pre recorded material from during the week. Domminick Cruz briefly spoke about his fighter James Vick and the serious amount of potential a lot of people don’t realize he has. Vick, who is tall with heavy hands could be in the finals according to Cruz, who feels he has a very bright future. Continue Reading
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Here’s a short video to kick off what will be a week full of videos and interviews with Al. Jon Anik caught up with Al after this passed Fridays episode of TUF Live to get some of his thoughts on Mike Chiesa’s big win, and his match up with Andy Ogle this week. Watch the video HERE and don’t forget to check Iaquinta Nation all week for constant updates on Al’s fight against Andy Ogle Friday night.
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Two quarter final fights and two surprising outcomes. With the first two fights in the books it’s James Vick over Joe Proctor, and Mike Chiesa beating the guy who many people thought would be in the Finale Justin Lawrence. Two tough fights once again showing in this game anything can happen. Next week it will be Vinc Pichel against Chris Saunders, and Al Iaquinta against teammate Andy Ogle. Check back here tomorrow for a full episode recap. Get excited everyone it’s fight week. Iaquinta vs. Ogle coverage all week right here.
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With Iaquinta’s fight just over a week away there’s been a lot of speculation around the internet of who Al’s next opponent will be. While different writers and bloggers have given there opinion, the truth is no one really knows except Dana White himself. White will announce the final two quarter final fights at the conclusion of this Friday’s episode. As I discussed the other day Al can either fight Vinc Pichel, or teammates Andy Ogle or Chris Saunders. Yesterday in his weekly Newsday interview Al commented saying he’d like to fight Pichel, as it wouldn’t be ideal fighting one of your own teammates. Regardless of the opponent there’s no doubt Iaquinta will step up to the challenge. Team Faber’s Andy Ogle gave some insight into who he’d like to fight HERE via MMA Junkie. He said he’d like to fight Pichel or Saunders, but didn’t mention Iaquinta in the conversation.
I asked this last week but it’s a bit easier now that the list is shorter. Who would you like to see Al fight in the quarter finals? Vinc Pichel, Andy Ogle, or Chris Saunders. I’m anxious to hear from all of you, your feedback is appreciated. Thank you!
This weeks episode starts out with Team Faber celebrating the big win by Chris Saunders over Sam Sicilia. Mike Chiesa went into the opposing locker room to sit with his long time friend Sam after his loss. Cruz thought Sam did everything he could, and the fight could have went to a third round. Both Ogle and Rio express their excitement for their fight this week. Continue Reading
This past Fridays fight between Andy Ogle and Mike Rio was the final fight of the first first round. Andy Ogle executed a great game plan and was able to get a victory and advance to the Quarter Finals. Look for a full episode recap here tomorrow. During the episode Dana White sat down with Faber and Cruz and got their input before selecting the quarter final match ups. There’s going to be two quarter final fights this Friday and two fights the following Friday. You can all put your panic attack on hold for a week as Al won’t be fighting until the following Friday, May 18th. People have all ready been asking me about McCanns, and as always well have a big viewing party and open bar there the night of Al’s fight. More details to come on that.
This Friday’s match ups are very interesting. It’s going to be Joe Proctor against James Vick, and Mike Chiesa against Justin Lawrence. Both fights have the potential to be very exciting. That leaves Team Cruz’s Vinc Pichel, Andy Ogle, or Chris Saunders for Al to fight the following week. Unfortunately he could fight someone on his own team. This is where the tournament really becomes more about the individual and not the team. Check back for more information on the quarter finals throughout the week, and as always thank you for reading.
This weeks episode gets right back into all the after math after Chris Tickles loss over Joe Proctor. Back in the locker room Coach Cruz is very hard on Tickle following the loss. He is very adamant in telling Tickle about everything he did wrong. He stresses to Tickle that the loss “shouldn’t have happened. If you listen you win the fight.” Cruz went on to discuss that he isn’t here to be on TV he’s here to win. He hate’s loosing, especially to Faber. During one point of the very public conversation between Tickle and Cruz, Faber put in his two cents and tries to offer Tickle some support. He let him know he did good, it was a good fight, and to keep his head up. Cruz get’s angry with Faber for getting involved and the two exchange some heated words back and fourth. Cruz instructs Urijah to mind his own business. Continue Reading
Here’s a pretty funny exchange between Al and teammate Andy Ogle. There isn’t much set up I can give you you’ll just have to watch for yourself and see Ogle’s adventure learning how to machine wash his pillow case, and Al attempting to understand what the heck he’s talking about. I’m sure that’s very confusing so just watch HERE and you’ll see what I mean. I’d love to see more exchanges like this on the actual show, but saving that time slot at the end for the LIVE fight restricts the TUF Live editors of how much they can show us.