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Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC 183

An important lightweight fight has been added to UFC 183.

The UFC has booked Joe Lauzon (24-9) vs. Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) for the Jan. 31 card in Las Vegas, Newsday first reported on Wednesday, and the UFC subsequently confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com.

Lauzon, a winner in his last two fights, was supposed to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, however, he withdrew from the fight due to injured ribs. He most recently defeated Michael Chiesa and Mac Danzig.

The fight is without a doubt the most high profile of Iaquinta’s young career. Iaquinta, who trains out of LAW MMA with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, defeated Ross Pearson via TKO earlier this month after finishing Rodrigo Damm the same way in September. The 27-year-old “Ultimate Fighter” finalist is considered one of the rising stars in the UFC’s lightweight division.

UFC 183, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC 183

An important lightweight fight has been added to UFC 183.

The UFC has booked Joe Lauzon (24-9) vs. Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) for the Jan. 31 card in Las Vegas, Newsday first reported on Wednesday, and the UFC subsequently confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com.

Lauzon, a winner in his last two fights, was supposed to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, however, he withdrew from the fight due to injured ribs. He most recently defeated Michael Chiesa and Mac Danzig.

The fight is without a doubt the most high profile of Iaquinta’s young career. Iaquinta, who trains out of LAW MMA with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, defeated Ross Pearson via TKO earlier this month after finishing Rodrigo Damm the same way in September. The 27-year-old “Ultimate Fighter” finalist is considered one of the rising stars in the UFC’s lightweight division.

UFC 183, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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The MMA Hour with Cain Velasquez, Rafael dos Anjos, Al Iaquinta, Melvin Guillard, Nam Phan, Jimmy Smith, Dave Meltzer

The MMA Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday’s show:

1:00 p.m. ET — MMAFighting.com’s Dave Meltzer will look back at a busy weekend for the UFC and ahead to an even busier Saturday night coming up.

1:25 p.m. — MMA veteran Nam Phan will preview his Bellator 131 fight against Mike Richman.

1:45 p.m. — Rafael dos Anjos will look ahead to his UFC on FOX 13 fight against Nate Diaz.

2:05 p.m. — Melvin Guillard will preview his WSOF lightweight title fight against champion Justin Gaethje on Saturday night.

2:25 — Bellator color analyst Jimmy Smith will break down Saturday’s important show for the promotion.

2:45 p.m. — UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will discuss the injury that forced him off UFC 180, his…

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UFC Fight Night 55: Ross Pearson vs Al Iaquinta co-main event fight set for Australia event

Here’s a meaningful co-main event worth watching on Fight Pass … at the crack of dawn.

Two exciting Lightweight standouts, Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta, are on a collision course to clash in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 55, which is slotted for AllPhones Arena in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 8, 2014.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed the exciting match up earlier this evening via one of its official international Twitter.com accounts.

Pearson is fresh off the biggest win of his career, a technical knockout finish of former two-time Lightweight title challenger, Gray Maynard, at UFC Fight Night 47 two months ago (Aug. 2014).

“Real Deal,” actually, would be on quite the roll if it weren’t for a healthy dose of bad luck, including a split decision loss to Diego Sanchez that company president, Dana White, unofficially declared a win and a “No Contest” thanks to an errant Melvin Guillard knee late last year (Oct. 2013).

In fact, he’d be on, at a minimum, a four-fight win streak. Nonetheless, it won’t get any easier against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15, runner up, Iaquinta.

The Serra-Longo Fight Team-trained fighter has been on a relative tear of his own, winning four of his last five contests, toppling Rodrigo Damm, Kevin Lee, Piotr Hallmann and Ryan Couture, with his only loss during that span coming at the hands of Mitch Clarke at UFC 173 earlier this year (May 2014).

Certainly not a “Murderer’s Row” of opposition, but impressive nonetheless.

UFC Fight Night 55 features a great Middleweight main event between top-ranked division contenders — and recent sworn enemies (watch their epic confrontation here) — Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.

To check out the latest UFC Fight Night 55: “Rockhold vs. Bisping” fight card and rumors click here.

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TUF Runner-Up Al Iaquinta Focused On Redemption (Exclusive)

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Al Iaquinta appeared to be well on his way to a fourth straight victory this past May at UFC 173 when he was inside the Octagon with Mitch Clarke. In one swift moment, though, that was taken away, as Clarke locked up a D’arce choke and scored a second round submission […]

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TUF Runner-Up Al Iaquinta Focused On Redemption (Exclusive)

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Al Iaquinta appeared to be well on his way to a fourth straight victory this past May at UFC 173 when he was inside the Octagon with Mitch Clarke. In one swift moment, though, that was taken away, as Clarke locked up a D’arce choke and scored a second round submission […]

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Rodrigo Damm-Al Iaquinta Lightweight Bout Set for UFC Fight Night in Connecticut

Brazilian veteran Rodrigo Damm and “The Ultimate Fighter 15” runner-up Al Iaquinta are set to meet in a lightweight bout when the Ultimate Fighting Championship hits Connecticut in September.
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Chris Weidman, Al Iaquinta In Suits As Part Of TV Commercial

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Serra-Longo teammate Al Iaquinta are showing off their acting chops in a commercial. Weidman, who was forced out of a planned title defense with Lyoto Machida due to knee surgery, can be seen working a bag to start the clip before things transition to Iaquinta. In the end, both […]

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TUF Runner-Up Al Iaquinta Proclaims Third Round Is His Round

Al Iaquinta trains with the likes of former UFC champion Matt Serra and current UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman. He knows what it takes to go the distance inside the Octagon, as well, having done so in each of his previous two wins. Iaquinta did it once again Saturday night at UFC 169, scoring a […]

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UFC 169 results: Al Iaquinta wins entertaining scrap against Kevin Lee

Last year was a pretty good one at the Serra Longo Fight Club, as Chris Weidman became UFC middleweight champion.

This year’s off to a pretty good start, too. Lightweight Al Iaquinta, the TUF 15 finalist, won his third straight fight on Saturday night, scoring a unanimous decision against a game Kevin Lee at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. Iaqunita won an entertaining scrap on cards of 29-28, 29-28, and 28-27.

Iaquinta (8-2-1) got off to a fast start in round one, greeting Lee in his Octagon debut with a big left that dropped him, and followed up with strikes to his grounded foe. Later in the round, Iaquinta got a deep heel hook, but couldn’t get the submission.

Lee (12-1), for his part, showed poised beyond his 21 years. The Detroit native shook off his poor first round and dominated the second. He got Iaquinta’s back early in the ground and got a tight rear-naked choke. Iaquinta escaped, but Lee continued to pour it on and bloodied Iaquinta’s nose in a borderline 10-8 round.

WIth the fight hanging in the balance, both guys turned up in round three. But Iaquinta was a little faster, a little stronger — he stuffed seven of Lee’s eight takedown attempts in the fight — and he landed often over the final minute, which likely sealed the decision in his favor.

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