Yesterday Al wrote something very interesting on his twitter which was great, yet simple advice for whatever your career may be. He wrote “ The best days of my life and the worst days of my life have come from this sport. Whatever your dream is pursue it.” Not to get too deep but life isn’t always easy. You may have a goal in mind and encounter some road blocks along the way. If you have a dream, and something you feel passionate about you shouldn’t let anyone stand in your way. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices, which is exactly what Al and everyone else in the TUF house is doing right now. Continue Reading
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This weeks episode revolved mostly around the upcoming fight between Joe Proctor and Chris Tickle. If you’ve been watching you knew this episode was going to be an interesting one, mostly because of all the controversy around Chris Tickle. The drama started up very quickly as it became quite clear that Tickle was drunk during the Chiesa, Larsen fight. It was obvious to everyone on both teams the state he was in. Iaquinta went on to comment to Proctor and some other teammates that “Tickle was hammered at the fight tonight, when he wakes up in the morning and finds out he’s going to fight Proctor he’s going to shit himself.” Continue Reading
If you haven’t seen the full episode of Iaquinta vs. Jury or you just want to watch all the excitement again check it out right HERE via UltimateFighter.com Big thank you to The Ultimate Fighter website for posting the episode. Be sure to check back here all week for updates, a new interview, and much more. Also a reminder to please contact me if you’re interested in picking up the official Iaquinta Nation T-Shirt!
This weeks episode got right back into all the action from the Iaquinta Jury fight. Dana White offered some of his thoughts on last weeks battle. He touched on Jury’s ability to “land some good knees, was hitting head kicks at will.” He discussed Al hitting some big shots of his own, constantly moving forward, pushing the pace. The action made for an exciting first round that White thought although it was very close, Jury edged out. He went on to discuss that he was impressed by both fighters in the second round including the big knee by Jury, as well as the even bigger right hand by Al. He felt Al without question won the second. White spoke about the importance of the sudden victory third round. “The 3rd round is Holy Shit, I just got another opportunity to show I want to be here” White explained. Dominick Cruz spoke about Jury in the third round and how he “had never had a grinder fight like this.” He went on to explain how in a fight like that forward pressure is everything. If you don’t throw first you can wind up loosing. Both White and Cruz felt Al controlled and pushed the entire pace of the third round to secure a victory. Continue Reading
Don’t forget to watch Al on a brand new episode of The Ultimate Fighter TUF Live tonight on FX at 10 pm. With a big win by Iaquinta over Myles Jury last week Team Faber gains control and looks to make it two in a row. Fighting for Team Faber will be Mike Chiesa against Team Cruz’s Jeremy Larsen. I’m sure most of you remember Chiesa from this seasons first episode, most of which revolved around the passing of his ill father. Chiesa spoke about how this is exactly where his father would want him to be, working hard and pursuing his dream. It’ll be nice to see Chiesa get a big win for himself, his family, his team, and most importantly his father. Make sure to watch it’s going to be a good one. Also a reminder Iaquinta Nation T- shirts are in. Get all the important information HERE! Enjoy the show, have a great weekend, and a Happy Easter.
Check out “Anik Attack” HERE via the Ultimate Fighter Website. The video offers highlights of Iaquinta’s fight as well as Jon Anik delivering some great post fight coverage. Now with Team Faber in control Anik also looks forward to next weeks match up of Mike Chiesa against Jeremy Larsen. Be sure to check back here all week for more coverage as well as interviews.
Late last night I saw this article on TUFUFC.com to be honest I considered not posting it at all. For starters it was just reiterating information that most of us all ready knew. Yet the main reason I didn’t post it was because of the disrespect that the article ends with. Since these fights are live for the first time this season now fans have the options of actually putting bets down on each fight. Continue Reading
Check out Al’s weekly Q and A with Newsday.com! Al answers important questions on the fight selection, weight cutting, and much more. As always a very big thank you to Mark La Monica for putting all this together. Check out the video HERE.
After taking a closer look into Al Iaquinta and Myles Jury you’ll learn they actually have a few things in common. Both come from a strong wrestling background. Al and Myles have ended many of their fights in the first round by way of knock out or submission. Yet the the thing they have strongest in common is probably what serves as the biggest motivation for both fighters. Both Al and Myles were supposed to be on previous seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. Al broke his hand before he could be on Season 12, while Jury was on Season 13 before a torn ACL forced him off the show. With that missed opportunity looming, both fighters have something to prove. Yet with all those similarities only one of them will have their hand raised Friday night and I have a feeling it’s going to be Al Iaquinta. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever seen Dominick Cruz fight you know he has a very unorthodox style. He’s taken that same unorthodox fight style and incorporated it into his strategy for picking fights so far this season. Week one Cruz picked his number one guy Justin Lawrence to fight, and then gave control back to Faber to choose someone from his team to fight. Once Faber didn’t choose, Cruz picked Cristiano Marcello a guy who many felt was one of the top fighters on the show. This is a strategy we’ve never seen before. Usually coaches choose their match ups very carefully trying to put a stronger fighter against a weaker opponent. Last week it payed off as Lawrence knocked out Marcello in the second round. Cruz went with that same game plan this week picking Faber’s number one pick Al Iaquinta to fight Myles Jury. If Cruz thinks it’s a good idea to call out Iaquinta and try and send a message that’s all well and good, but I’m sure most would agree he picked the wrong guy to try and make an example out of. Al had some thoughts of his own via twitter late Friday night saying “Got called out tonight, not the first time, probably won’t be the last… got my ass kicked then won the fight, he’s never been in a war.” Check out an article from MMAjunkie HERE touching more on Cruz’s unique fight selections and check back here all week for constant updates leading up to Fridays Fight.