Al and I just wanted to thank everyone who came out this past Friday to Mulchay’s to support Nick Polo. Mulcahy’s helped hold a benefit to support Nick as he recovers from brain surgery. Nick’s strength is incredible, and the toughness he’s show is truly inspiring. It was amazing to see how many people came down Friday (over 1,500) to show support, make donations, participate in auctions, and show how quickly the town of Wantagh and all their friends and family come together for a great cause. Life is tough sometimes, and it’s nice to see during those tough times how quickly people rally behind a friend in need. Another thanks has to go out to UFC’s Matt Serra, Chris Weidman, Contantions Philippou, Strikeforce’s Gian Villante, as well as Al himself for coming down and showing their support, as well as auctioning off sighed memorabilia during the auction. It’s was great to have those guys come down and give up some of their time for a great cause.
Thank you again for the overwhelming kindness and support. The Polo’s are great people, and I know they couldn’t be more appreciative of all the support everyone has shown Nick as he battles through this difficult time. If you’re interested in making a donation please contact Pete at 516-647-3042.
Start your week off right with another interview featuring TUF Live finalist Al Iaquinta. The 5th Round is a great blog based out of the UK. Al discusses more about his background, his experience fighting in Ring of Combat in New Jersey, as well as his upcoming plans once his knee is healed up. Check out the interview HERE and be sure to check back throughout the week for interviews and much more.
Check out this great article HERE from Newsday’s Keiko Morris discussing the following mixed martial arts has gained on Long Island. Right in the center of it all are Al’s trainers Matt Serra and Ray Longo. The article touches on the changes in the sport over the past two decades, and how competitive the business aspect of mixed martial arts has become, especially in the Long Island area. Thank you to everyone over at Newsday especially Mark La Monica for their continued support of mixed martial arts on Long Island.
When you have some time check out some great interviews Al did yesterday. The first podcast can be listened to HERE and is with MMA Mental. Al talks about his injury, the finals, future opponents, MMA in New York, and much more. Click on podcast on the right side, the interview is about half way through the podcast. The second interview can be found HERE and is with The Real MMA today. The interview is right at the beginning of the show. Make sure you check both interviews out for some more insight into whats going on with Al, and how soon you’ll see him back in the octagon. Big thank you to MMA Mental and The Real MMA Today for having Al on both of their shows.
Al Iaquinta is back in New York and ready to help you achieve all your fitness goals. Get in touch with Al today and get trained by the TUF Live finalist himself. Weather it’s mixed martial arts training, sport specific training, or just getting in shape for the summer, Al is able to taylor a weekly workout specifically for you. Continue Reading
Check out this ARTICLE featuring former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra. Matt has been Al’s trainer along side Ray Longo and Eric Hyer for the past four years. All three trainers as well as everyone from the Serra Longo fight team has been a huge part of helping Al get to where he is at this point. Serra talks about Al and the success he’s had this season, as well as his thoughts on Al’s future in the UFC. If you have a few extra minutes watch the video with the article as well. Serra is always an entertaining guy to listen to during an interview.
This weeks interview is with the man himself Al Iaquinta. I want to thank him for sitting and talking to me for a few minutes earlier today. I know he has a lot going on so I’m glad we could have a few minutes to talk. It was great actually being able to talk to the person who this blog is about. This Friday night Al will take on Mike Chiesa with a UFC contract on the line. Once Al is back in New York and settled well have a sit down, video interview to talk about this entire experience. For now here’s a look into Al’s week, his journey back into the real world, and a look into his fight this Friday. Continue Reading
This week’s interview is with Al’s training partner and friend Marcel Robin. Marcel is a great guy and I consider it a privilege to call him a good friend of mine as well. Marcel, who graduated from East Meadow high school in 2005 has been training with Al for the past six years. He has an interesting perspective not only being a teammate of Al’s but also one of his best friends. I appreciate him taking some time to do this interview and all his great insights. Continue Reading
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