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UFC 223 ‘Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC 223 ‘Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC 223 Primer: Paul Felder or Al Iaquinta – Who Ya Got?

If not for absolutely hating his previous contract, we likely would’ve seen a lot more of Al Iaquinta in the Octagon.

After all, since his loss to Michael Chiesa at the TUF 15 Finale back in 2012, “Ragin’ Al” has fought nine times and lost only once. And the list of those he’s beaten includes Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal and Diego Sanchez. That’s some list!

Paul Felder has made ten trips to the Octagon and won seven of those fights. He’s pretty badass too, though, and when they meet on the main card of UFC 223, it’ll be a big puncher in Iaquinta against a Muay Thai demon in Felder.

That’s a recipe for blood and violence right there.

So… who ya got?

For me, it comes down to this: Iaquinta is from New York (Long Island, to be exact) and Felder is from Philadelphia, PA, and since I’m a New Yorker myself…

Ponder your choice while watching this Felder clip.

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UFC 223 Primer: Paul Felder or Al Iaquinta – Who Ya Got?

If not for absolutely hating his previous contract, we likely would’ve seen a lot more of Al Iaquinta in the Octagon.

After all, since his loss to Michael Chiesa at the TUF 15 Finale back in 2012, “Ragin’ Al” has fought nine times and lost only once. And the list of those he’s beaten includes Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal and Diego Sanchez. That’s some list!

Paul Felder has made ten trips to the Octagon and won seven of those fights. He’s pretty badass too, though, and when they meet on the main card of UFC 223, it’ll be a big puncher in Iaquinta against a Muay Thai demon in Felder.

That’s a recipe for blood and violence right there.

So… who ya got?

For me, it comes down to this: Iaquinta is from New York (Long Island, to be exact) and Felder is from Philadelphia, PA, and since I’m a New Yorker myself…

Ponder your choice while watching this Felder clip.

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Lightweights Al Iaquinta, Paul Felder Bolster UFC 218 Lineup on Dec. 2 in Detroit

Serra-Longo Fight Team standout Al Iaquinta will put his five-fight winning streak on the line when he faces former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder Paul Felder in a UFC 218 lightweight showcase on Dec. 2.
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Al Iaquinta Doesn’t Think Kevin Lee Deserves Interim Title Shot

Kevin Lee is fighting for an interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 216. This is due, in part, to champ Conor McGregor being too busy diving into his piles of money like Scrooge McDuck, top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov being unable to fight for whatever reason, and Tony Ferguson needing an opponent. Which isn’t […]

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Al Iaquinta Doesn’t Think Kevin Lee Deserves Interim Title Shot

Kevin Lee is fighting for an interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 216. This is due, in part, to champ Conor McGregor being too busy diving into his piles of money like Scrooge McDuck, top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov being unable to fight for whatever reason, and Tony Ferguson needing an opponent. Which isn’t […]

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Al Iaquinta still unhappy with contract, but itching to return against Diego Sanchez

Al Iaquinta was in Australia a little more than a week ago when the news was announced by the UFC that he’d be returning to fight against Diego Sanchez.

Iaquinta told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he was doing a Q&A session with fans when the announcement flashed across a nearby TV screen.

“Raging Al” was pretty surprised, since he didn’t sign a contract and had just agreed to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22 in Nashville on the phone with his manager maybe a day earlier.

“There’s no contract signed or nothing,” Iaquinta said. “They just announced the fight. Why would you do that? But I do want the fight and I think it’s a good idea.”

Iaquinta, 29, said last year that he was all but retired after he felt like the money in his contract to fight Thiago Alves at UFC 205 in November was not enough. Iaquinta got his real-estate license and continues to work in that field. The Long Island native told Helwani on Monday that he still doesn’t like the numbers in his contract, but has gotten antsy and wants to fight again.

“I’m still not happy with the contract, but what the hell am I gonna do?” Iaquinta said. “Just sit here and do nothing? I gotta do something. I’ve gotta at least fight. Nothing is gonna change. It is what it is. It sucks.”

Iaquinta (12-3-1) said he agreed to return after bumping into UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby at a hotel bar last month in Denver. Both were in town for UFC on FOX 23. Iaquinta was there for his Serra-Longo teammate Aljamain Sterling’s fight against Raphael Assuncao.

“I had a good talk with those guys,” Iaquinta said. “I was like surprised. They really wanted me to fight. They basically told me to pick whoever I wanted to fight.

“At least they made me feel appreciated, I guess. I felt like they want me to fight again.”

Iaquinta said Conor McGregor was on the top of his list and he was also interested in taking on Alves at welterweight, since the Brazilian striker moved back up to that division. Kevin Lee at 170 was also one of his picks, because a small cut to welterweight was preferable over lightweight, Iaquinta said.

Ultimately, Sanchez was offered to him and Iaquinta accepted it, because Sanchez is a big name, an exciting fighter and he thinks he matches up well against him, Iaquinta said.

Iaquinta said he’s starting to make money in real-estate business and wants to continue doing that. Going back to fight is part of his “plan,” he said. So is getting the UFC to pay some medical bills he believes they owe him.

“I’m doing good with the real-estate stuff,” Iaquinta said. “It’s kind of making some money. I’m just having a good time. I want to get in there and fight. I don’t know.”

“Raging Al” did add that he wasn’t going to be as obsessed with fighting anymore. No more staying up and not sleeping, thinking only about the fight game. Those days are gone.

Iaquinta plans on showing up to Nashville, cutting some weight, and just “having fun” against Sanchez. MMA is just part of his life now, not the entire thing. And it seems like he’s still kind of on the fence about everything.

“I said I was as close to retirement as possible,” Iaquinta said. “I was pretty f*cking close. And I don’t know if I’m still fighting. Who the f*ck knows what’s gonna happen? I don’t know.”

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Al Iaquinta ‘disgusted’ at UFC bonus ban, calls for fighters union: ‘If they don’t like you, they can do whatever’

With talks between the two sides at a standstill, it is unclear whether Al Iaquinta will ever fight for the UFC again. But if he does, the lightweight contender and New York native will have to compete at least three more times before he is eligible for the UFC’s customary post-fight bonus program. And according to Iaquinta, the decision is apparently intended to serve as punishment for a disagreement that arose between him and the UFC earlier this year ahead of his scheduled fight at UFC Fight Night 71.

“They took the bonuses away from me,” Iaquinta said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Before the Gilbert Melendez (fight), it was supposed to be Bobby Green. I was supposed to fight Bobby Green, and it was like five or six weeks before that fight, there was a fighter summit in Las Vegas. I’m just getting into training camp, I’m just starting to really start pushing hard, and I got sick.

“My immune system was rundown. So I called the UFC and I told them, ‘I got this fight coming up. I don’t feel good, I’m sick. Is it cool if I stay home and train?’ In my head I’m thinking, I’m not getting paid to go out there. I’m going to get paid to fight, you would think they want me healthy and good to fight. So they said, ‘well we do these summits every couple months. Stay home. You’ll come to the next one.’ So I was like alright, cool.

“A couple days later, I posted a picture of myself. I just posted a picture that I was at the beach. Now, the beach is five minutes (away). It’s my backyard. Basically, I was in my backyard. And I get a text message from, I didn’t know who (UFC director of athlete development) James Kimball was at the time, but he texted me and he’s like, ‘I thought you were sick. What are you doing at the beach?’ So I’m like, dude, what is this? I felt like I was cutting class. Listen, I got a fight in five weeks. I’m relaxing between training sessions. There’s a guy trying to kill me in six weeks. Relax, I’ll go to the next one.”

Iaquinta, 29, said that things then escalated the following day when he received a phone call from UFC executives Dave Sholler and Reed Harris.

“They’re like, ‘well, you can’t win a bonus. This is your punishment, you can’t win a bonus,’” Iaquinta said. “… I explained everything. I said, ‘listen, I’ve got a fight coming up. I was sick. I went to the beach between training sessions. What does that have to do with anything? You said that they do these every month, I could go to the next one. Who cares? I don’t understand what the big problem is.’ And at the end of the phone call, I laid it all out there, and they’re just like, ‘you know what? Nah. Punishment still stands. Three fights, you can’t win a bonus. Three fights, no bonus.’

“That’s potentially $ 150,000, or even more, and you’re going to take that away from me because I missed (a summit)? They said it was a three-strike rule. I guess now there’s a three-strike rule? Basically, there was no due (process). I didn’t go before a committee. I didn’t get to explain my case. It was just like, ‘you got loud with James Kimball because he reprimanded you about going to the beach, so now you can’t win a bonus for three fights.’ And that really stuck with me. I don’t know. That they could do that, really was just, I don’t know, it disgusted me. It was like, why do I even want to do this? Do I even really want to do this anymore?”

A UFC spokesperson declined to comment on Iaquinta’s claims.

The situation is just one of many factors that led Iaquinta to withdraw from his Nov. 12 bout against Thiago Alves at UFC 205. In a wide-ranging interview, Iaquinta pointed to numerous issues he had with the UFC over his 17-month layoff, stating that the UFC initially declined to cover the full cost of his recent knee surgery and that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva scoffed when asked if Iaquinta could renegotiate his UFC contract — a contract which was agreed upon before the UFC-Reebok deal and could effectively have Iaquinta “fighting at Madison Square Garden for free” due to the lack of meaningful sponsorship income after expenses.

But through it all, the UFC’s seemingly arbitrary decision to ban Iaquinta from receiving post-fight bonuses for three consecutive fights was one of the factors that irked Iaquinta the most, and the former TUF 15 finalist threw his support behind the creation of a fighters union like the one being spearheaded by longtime baseball agent Jeff Boras.

“There’s got to be some representation for the fighters,” Iaquinta said. “There’s really not. You saw what happened. If they don’t like you, they can do whatever.”

For now, the standoff with the UFC has forced Iaquinta to seek a full-time career in real estate, and he indicated on Monday that he is willing to leave behind his burgeoning career as a mixed martial artist if things don’t change.

Iaquinta, a member of the Northeast’s distinguished Serra-Longo Fight Team, also said that his sentiments are shared by many of his peers; it’s just that many of them they are simply unable to act due to their own personal circumstances.

“I’ll go to the fights and everyone sits around the table and it’s just depressing,” Iaquinta said. “It’s just like, ‘blah blah blah, I’m not getting this, I can’t believe now we’re not getting sponsorships, I can’t believe now they’re going to do this to me, I can’t believe I’m not…’ And no one does anything, so nothing is going to get done. Everyone just takes what they can get and hopes that they’ll win three fights, hopes they’ll knock everyone out, hopes that the UFC is going to like them and then they’ll be able to sign that new contract, and when they sign the new contract it’s going to be all good.

“But that very, very rarely happens to a lot of guys, and there’s a lot of guys who are very beat up. They’re struggling, and it’s tough. A lot of people, they have families, they have kids, and they have to fight for the money. But I don’t have to do that. I don’t have any of those things right now, so honestly, I’m cool with just moving by the beach and just chilling on the sand. That’s all I need. I don’t need a lot. I don’t have the kids. I don’t have the family, so I can afford to take this stance.”

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The MMA Hour – 348 – Al Iaquinta

Al Iaquinta will stop by to discuss UFC 205 in New York City.

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