The Mixed Martial Arts world is filled with competitors who like Al Iaquinta are hard working and humble. Fighters who do their talking once they step in the octagon. Who walk into a place and want to fly under the radar, go about their business, and aren’t looking for attention. Then there’s Jorge Masvidal. A fighter who has shown over the past few weeks that he likes to talk, and not very intelligently.
This Saturday Iaquinta(11-3-1) will take on Masvidal(28-8) in the Co Main event at UFC Fight Night 63 in a rare Saturday day event. The fight which is headlined by Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas will take place in Fairfax Virginia at The Patriot Center. Iaquinta fills in for former lightweight champion Benson Henderson who recently bumped up to welterweight. Continue Reading
Once again Iaquinta Nation it’s fight night. Tonight Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas it will be Al Iaquinta taking on Joe Lauzon in a highly anticipated light weight battle. Several MMA analysts as well as fight fans have Raging Al as the underdog in this fight. That’s just fine by Iaquinta, who thrives on being in the underdog position. Iaquinta respects the fact that Lauzon is a tough opponent. “He’s a fan favorite, people enjoy watching him fight.” Iaquinta said. “To put up a good performance against him would put me right where I need to be.” Iaquinta will look to cement that message to fight fans tonight at UFC 183. Continue Reading
Confidence. It’s one of the most important attributes a fighter can bring into the octagon. The battle can be drawing that fine line between confident and cocky. One of the most important keys to Al Iaquinta’s knock out over Ross Pearson was just that. Confident, but never cocky. The other? This isn’t a fighter who should be taken lightly. He isn’t anyones stepping stone in this division. In his past two fights “Raging” Al has shown he brings knock out power to the table. In less then two weeks he’ll look to bring that same knock out power against Joe Lauzon at UFC 183. Continue Reading
Once again Iaquinta Nation, it’s Fight Night. Tonight LIVE from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Al Iaquinta will take on Rodrigo Damm in what will be a very important match up for both fighters. The younger Iaquinta will come in looking to bounce back against a tough Brazilian opponent in Rodrigo Damm. Iaquinta has rebounded well following a loss so far in his career, something he hasn’t had to deal with very often. “I guess it’s one of those things you have to chalk up to experience” Iaquinta said discussing his loss to Mitch Clarke in May. “Some guys don’t get caught, and I have to become one of those guys.” Iaquinta went on “ That guy shouldn’t have lasted the first round with me.” Continue Reading
On September 5th Al Iaquinta(8-3-1) will step back into the octagon against Rodrigo Damm(12-7). The fight will take place at Foxwoods Resorts and Casino in Connecticut as well as LIVE on Fox Sports 1. Both Iaquinta and Damm will enter the fight with a bit of a chip on their shoulders, both coming off somewhat surprising losses. Iaquinta being chocked out via D’Arce by Mitch Clarke, and Damm lossing to Rashid Magomedov by unanimous decision. Before that, both fighters we’re riding respected win streaks that came to a halt. Look for Iaquinta and Damm to both be highly motivated and looking to get back into the win column at UFC Fight Night 50. Continue Reading
Once again Iaquinta Nation it’s fight night(forgive this post for being a few days early but I’m off to Vegas and will be without a computer for a few days). Kicking off this Saturday’s Fox Sports 1 Prelims will be Al Iaquinta taking on Mitch Clarke. Iaquinta comes in with a three fight win streak, and has shown how much his skill set has improved since his year layoff following TUF Live. Clarke who has had a difficult time staying healthy himself, will square off against a focused and motivated Iaquinta.
Fight after fight Iaquinta has been able to dominate each fighter he’s faced. He fought smart, efficiently, and out worked each of his respected opponents. Fight by fight he has been faced with different challenges and was able to come out victorious each time. Very quietly, some seemed to feel, Al beat some very tough young opponents. Continue Reading
Fight week is finally here. This Saturday Al Iaquinta will take on Mitch Clarke at UFC 173, live on Fox Sports 1 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Iaquinta will look to improve his win streak to four in a row against the Brazilian jui-jitsu brown belt. Clarke enters the fight coming off a unanimous decision win against John Maguire. The fight which will kick off the UFC Prelims which will set the tone for what has the makings to be an exciting Memorial Day weekend card. Iaquinta looks to send a message to fight fans as well as all of UFC that he’s the fighter in the light weight division to look out for. Clarke enters the fight looking to build some momentum of his own against a very tough and motivated Iaquinta. Continue Reading