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Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta Rematch to Serve as Main Event for UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

A rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will headlined UFC on Fox 31.
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Feeling No Support From The UFC, Al Iaquinta is Enjoying Life Without Pressure of Fighting

The relationship between Al Iaquinta and the Ultimate Fighting Championship seems to get worse by the day and now it might be close to breaking point after the New York native pulled out of his most recent fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln.
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Midnight Mania! Al Iaquinta Eyeing Late Summer Tango With Justin Gaethje

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It’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight. The UFC’s deepest division is brimming with scintillating talent- even the guys coming off losses are easy to get excited about. No two fighters represent that more than Justin Gaethje and ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta. On his podcast, Iaquinta hinted that he might be in talks with the UFC to face Gaethje this summer. He was asked about a possible matchup with Gaethje, and his response indicated that the idea was not new to him. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“We’re hoping for sometime in August,” Iaquinta said. “August, September. I think (the UFC) wanted it to be sooner, but that guy needs a rest. I was looking out for his health with that one. He needs a break for a minute. If it goes down the way it’s supposed to, it’ll be a good fight, a tough fight.”

It’s peak Al to say that he’s looking out for Gaethje’s health by pushing a potential matchup back to late summer. But is the fight actually being discussed? “Little bit”, was all Al would say.

It would be a near-perfect matchup for Gaethje, and one fans would have an easy time getting behind. Iaquinta had won five straight before his high-profile decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov; Gaethje is on the most exciting two-fight skid in UFC history, coming agonizingly close to beating Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez before going out on his shield in both fights. He needs a step back, but not too far back; someone that keeps him relevant with a win, and doesn’t consign him to the dust-bin with a loss. Iaquinta is in a similar space; his short-notice loss to Nurmagomedov may have dampened any title hopes, but he hung tough with the Russian for all five rounds. Both men are known for wanting to throw hands in the pocket in a fan-friendly manner; neither are known for meticulous risk avoidance.

Of course, it’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight; Edson Barboza’s manager has also thrown his hat in the ring for a fight with Gaethje.


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Iaquinta Shuts Down Dopey UFC Fans Who Snickered At Khabib’s Striking

Respect the Dagestani jab of doom!

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, received heavy criticism for his inability to finish Al Iaquinta in the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) main event earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York.

But one person who won’t shit on “The Eagle” is “Raging Al,” who was outstruck 172-43 in their five-round championship headliner (highlights). In fact, Iaquinta praised Nurmagomedov for his awkward (but accurate) style that made him hard to hit.

From his conversation with MMA Fighting:

“His standup was really good. I felt like I was a step behind him, just from the first two rounds of trying to get up and stay against the cage, he was kind of wearing on me a little bit. So I felt a little behind, but his jab is good. Every time I tried to let so combos go, he’s awkward, he’s got like the Russians — it’s just a different style of boxing. They were saying he’s got his head up. I connect with everybody. … It was hard to get to him. He’s tough, he’s tough. He’s got his own style. He’s awkward. Maybe it doesn’t look like it from the outside, but, he’s definitely, he’s fucking tough man. I knew we had a mutual respect on the standup when it was going back and forth, he was definitely worried about my power shots. But he kept me away with his jab and his movement was a little awkward and good.”

The still-undefeated Nurmagomedov is best known for his unstoppable takedowns and punishing top game, but the Dagestani champion seemed content to bang it out on the feet against a legitimate knockout artist.

Granted, Iaquinta entered the bout on super short notice after both Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway were pulled from the UFC 223 fight card, but he was already scheduled to compete in “The Empire State” and was not coming in cold.

Is it time to give Nurmagomedov more credit for his striking prowess?

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UFC 223 Medical Suspensions: Al Iaquinta Facing 60 Days Following Five-Round Defeat

Al Iaquinta is facing up to two months on the sidelines after stepping up on short notice to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 headliner.
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UFC 223 Medical Suspensions: Al Iaquinta Facing 60 Days Following Five-Round Defeat

Al Iaquinta is facing up to two months on the sidelines after stepping up on short notice to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 headliner.
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UFC 223 Medical Suspensions: Al Iaquinta Facing 60 Days Following Five-Round Defeat

Al Iaquinta is facing up to two months on the sidelines after stepping up on short notice to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 headliner.
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UFC 223 Medical Suspensions: Al Iaquinta Facing 60 Days Following Five-Round Defeat

Al Iaquinta is facing up to two months on the sidelines after stepping up on short notice to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 headliner.
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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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Highlights! Watch Khabib Smesh Iaquinta

Khabib Nurmagomedov put on a strong performance last night (Sat., April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, earning a decision victory over last second replacement Al Iaquinta to win the UFC lightweight championship.

It wasn’t the dominating ‘smesh’ fest we’ve come to expect from Khabib, who struggled to get Iaquinta to the ground from the third round onward. But it was enough to earn him a convincing decision with 50-44, 50-43, 50-43 scores.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Khabib Nurmagomedov becomes the undisputed UFC lightweight champion … although we’re sure Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take issue with the term ‘undisputed.’

For complete UFC 223 results and coverage click here.

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