It’s been three long months but this Friday Night will conclude this season of the Ultimate Fighter TUF Live. It will be Al Iaquinta against his former Team Faber teammate Mike Chiesa in what has the makings of a great final fight to cap off the show. Both fighters have worked hard and overcome different types of adversity to get to this point. It’s been great for all of Iaquinta Nation to come along for the ride, supporting Al every step of the way. We’ve all felt like we’ve been right in there with him every single fight.
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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
Check out this great interview with Al by MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant. Bryant talks to Al about his experience in the house, re-entering the real world, and his upcoming fight in the Finale with Mike Chiesa. Al gives some of his thoughts on Dana White, and his coach Urijah Faber as well. Watch the video HERE and check back with Iaquinta Nation all week for constant updates. Everyone enjoy the rest of the Holiday weekend.
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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
Once again I want to thank everyone for coming down to McCann’s this past Friday for Iaquinta vs. Ogle. As always it was a great turn out and everyone had an awesome time. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but I really appreciate all the support for Al and I know his family does as well. Al saw a video of the crowd reaction after the Myles Jury fight, and spoke afterwards about how much everyone coming down to McCann’s, and the overwhelming support mean’s to him. If you missed it here’s a quick look into all the excitement inside McCann’s from Friday night.(Make sure to “like” McCann’s FACEBOOK page to see more pictures from Friday.) Check here later today for details on another viewing party and open bar at McCann’s this Friday March 25th.
Also check out some video HERE from Newsday’s Mark La Monica. Mark has two post fight interview’s with Eric Hyer and Ray Longo, as well as video of the crowd’s reaction at the end of Iaquinta’s fight at McCann’s.
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Check out Al in this weeks Episode of “Anik Attack” featuring UFC’s Jon Anik. Anik does a great job with his work on the Ultimate Fighter Live, as well as his outstanding commentary on different UFC events. Anik recently just did the commentary along side Kenny Florian during UFC on Fuel. Watch this weeks “Anik Attack” HERE where Anik discusses Iaquinta’s fight with Andy Ogle, and takes a look into his opponent this Friday Vinc Pichel. Jon touches on the other Semi Final fight between Mike Chiesa and James Vick as well. Enjoy, and be sure to check here all week for lots of Semi Final coverage.
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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
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In getting ready for all the craziness at McCanns tomorrow night for Iaquinta vs. Ogle just wanted to take a second to remind all you Facebook people to “like” Al on FACEBOOK.(I’m extremely jealous because he all ready has more people that have “liked” him then I have Facebook friends, but that’s beyond the point.) Just like you’ve all shown amazing support for Al on this blog, liking his Facebook page is just another great way to show some support. The page has some great pictures as well as direct quotes from Al. Not to worry if you don’t have Facebook, anything important about Al will always be posted right here on Iaquinta Nation. As always thank you all for reading. Look for a final fight preview for Iaquinta vs. Ogle right here tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone at McCanns tomorrow night.
Here’s a great video that got posted earlier on UltimateFighter.com Get an in depth perspective from Iaquinta and Ogle leading up to their fight Friday Night. The two give some great insights on their upcoming fight, and the challenge of fighting someone who isn’t only a teammate, but lives in the same room as you. You can tell both Iaquinta and Ogle have a mutual respect for one another, but are ready to get down to business because the other person is standing in the way of their dream. Watch the video HERE where both fighters touch on the battle of being away from home for so long as well.
***Also check out a quick shout out from Al to his family and friends from Ultimate Fighter Live’s YouTube account HERE***
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Check out Al’s weekly interview in TUF Talk right HERE. Find out Al’s thoughts on fighting his teammate and friend Andy Ogle, how the two are being coached this week, and how the entire team has reacted to the teammates having to fight each other. As always a big thank you to Newsday’s Mark La Monica for putting all of this together. If you have any questions you want Al to answer contact Mark via TWITTER. Check back here for more info on Iaquinta vs. Ogle later today.