There aren’t many employees that would have one of their best nights at the office, and follow it up by ripping into their Employer. Than again not everyone is Al Iaquinta. Iaquinta hasn’t been shy about his frustration with UFC management and their polices. While his love for fighting is still fully intact it’s Iaquinta’s patience around the politics of The UFC that continues to grow thin.
“Raging” Al was yet again snubbed for a finish bonus Saturday night after knocking out UFC legend Diego Sanchez. After expressing his frustration on Twitter that night, Iaquinta went into further detail on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this week. Continue Reading
Back in July the UFC sold for an astronomical 4 billion dollars. Yet despite that, and with the new Reebok sponsorship deal in place, fighters aren’t seeing changes financially. One of those fighters happens to be ranked 13th in the lightweight division. Al Iaquinta has taken a stand, one that may help other martial artists fighting for the promotion put things into perspective. That these athletes putting their bodies on the line through training, and on fight night, are not being properly compensated or represented.
Today, Iaquinta made his decision well known. He would currently remain off the UFC 205 card in a contract dispute. UFC 205 is the first in New York, at the Worlds most Famous Arena Madison Square Garden. A card that just about every New York fighter is scratching and clawing to become a part of. For Iaquinta it’s become much more. It’s become making a long term life decision, and a moral decision. Over fighting in an arena he’s dreamt about fighting in since entering the sport. With the current deal in place if Iaquinta were to lose the fight, it would be “like fighting at MSG for free” He explained. Continue Reading
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?
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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Another week and the same result for Al Iaquinta. Just one week after beating Andy Ogle, Iaquinta came back and won a tough decision over Vinc Pichel to move on to the Ultimate Fighter Finale this Friday. In the opposite fight it was Al’s teammate Mike Chiesa securing a win over James Vick, setting up an all Team Faber final. That’s where it all ended, let’s take a few minutes and walk you through the hour of excitement. Continue Reading
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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
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.
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.