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Al Iaquinta steps in for injured Quinn Mulhern against Ryan Couture at UFC 164

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Ryan Couture will remain on the UFC 164 card despite the loss of original opponent Quinn Mulhern.

Couture is slated to meet Ultimate Fighter 15 finalist Al Iaquinta in a lightweight bout in Milwaukee on Aug. 31. The news was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.

Mulhern announced his fight pullout over Twitter on Tuesday, posting a picture of his fractured hand. In a follow-up to a fan’s question, Mulhern attributed the injury to a “bad overhand right.”

Couture (6-2), the son of five-time UFC champion Randy Couture, will be making his second Octagon appearance. He lost a second-round TKO to Ross Pearson on April 6 in Stockholm in his UFC debut, which snapped Couture’s four-fight win streak.

Iaquinta, who trains with the Serra-Longo Fight Club, holds a record of 5-2-1. His last bout was a submission loss to Michael Cheisa in the TUF 15 championship fight on June 1 of last year.

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Lightweights Al Iaquinta, Joe Proctor Injured, Pulled from Planned UFC 159 Showdown

“Ultimate Fighter 15” castmates Al Iaquinta and Joe Proctor have both suffered injuries and will be unable to compete against each other at UFC 159.
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Michael Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta Fight Video Highlights

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Catch up on the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Live with Michael Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta fight highlights, via FOX Sports.

The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale was held June 1, 2012, at the Palms Casino Resort in Paradise, NV. Undefeated underdog Michael Chiesa (8-0) took on Matt Serra protégé Al Iaquinta (5-2-1) for the right to be crowned winner of The Ultimate Fighter Live. Check out the video highlights below.

For more on Chiesa’s emotional victory, check out the play-by-play from MMA Fighting’s own Dave Doyle.

Round 1: Herb Dean is the third man in for this one. Iaquinta catches a Chiesa kick, backs him into the cage and lands several punches. Chiesa with a combo and a kick, but Iaquinta again catches the kick. The exchange leads to a body lock and ends with Chiesa getting Iaquinta’s back. Midway through the round, Chiesa still working for the rear-naked choke. He gets it. Iaquinta goes out. Michael Chiesa wins “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Ultimate Fighter Live Finale results: Michael Chiesa def. Al Iaquinta via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of the first round.

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Ultimate Fighter Results: Michael Chiesa Beats Al Iaquinta to Win TUF Live

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During recent months, Michael Chiesa has experienced the gamut of emotions. In that time, he earned his dream of getting a slot on the The Ultimate Fighter only to suffer the heartbreak of losing his father to leukemia shortly after beginning the competition. And now, he has captured season 15 of TUF, choking Al Iaquinta unconscious at 2:40 of the first round of the TUF Live Finale.

In doing so, Chiesa won a UFC contract, a Harley-Davidson, and a TapouT endorsement deal.


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“This is exactly what i wanted. This has been such a journey and there was no way I was going to sell myself short. There was no way I was losing this fight.”

Iaquinta came out with fire early, perhaps realizing a long fight would not be in his best interest while fighting in his third fight in three weeks. The tide turned shortly thereafter when Chiesa took him down and immediately got his back.

He got in his hooks and diligently worked to sink his choking arm under Iaquinta’s chin and eventually locked in the rear naked choke. Iaquinta tried to rip Chiesa’s hands off him, but couldn’t, and went to sleep before tapping for the technical submission.

Chiesa had defeated Jeremy Larsen, Justin Lawrence and James Vick en route to the final. With his first official octagon victory, he’s now a perfect 8-0.

Iaquinta fell to 5-2-1.

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TUF Live Finalist Al Iaquinta Says Show Format Reminded Him of ‘Old UFC Days’

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Watch below as TUF Live finalist Al Iaquinta talks about his experience on the show, making it to the finals against Team Faber teammate Michael Chiesa, only having six days to prepare for the finals, being on the show without his coaches Ray Longo and Matt Serra, what he’ll do when he gets back home to Long Island, N.Y., and much more.

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Teammates Al Iaquinta, Mike Chiesa to Meet at ‘TUF 15’ Finale in Las Vegas

Coach Urijah Faber will be well-represented come June 1 at the “Ultimate Fighter 15” finale, as charges Mike Chiesa and Al Iaquinta will lock horns in the evening’s headliner.
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TUF Live Final Sees Team Faber Fighters Mike Chiesa & Al Iaquinta Square Off On June 1st

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Live” television series ended last night (May 25, 2012) on FX with two members of Team Faber moving into the lightweight final set for next Friday in Las Vegas.

Meeting in the final to determine the season fifteen winner of “TUF” will be undefeated pro Mike ‘Maverick’ Chiesa (7-0) and New York fighter Al Iaquinta (5-1-1).

The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale will take place on June 1, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

Chiesa earned four straight wins to make it into the final, having won a second round TKO finish of Team Cruz fighter James Vick to punch his ticket to next weeks Finale. Chiesa was the No. 5 pick by coach Urijah Faber. Fans familiar with the show will recall that Chiesa lost his father early on in the season and was given permission to fly home for his father’s funeral.

“I feel great, it has been quite a journey,” said Chiesa, a so-called wrestler who’s now racked up two T/KO wins in a row. “A lot of ups and downs but I feel like I’ve earned my spot in the finale and I’m very excited to seize the moment.”

Iaquinta was the early favorite on the show and was the No. 1 pick by Faber. Iaquinta faced Team Cruz fighter Vinc Pichel, earning a unanimous decision victory to make his way into the final.

“I couldn’t have done it without a great team,” said Iaquinta. “Everyone really helped me out. The coaching staff was just awesome. Now I have the toughest fight of my life ahead of me, and I’m ready for it.”

The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale is scheduled to air this coming Friday (June 1, 2012) on FX starting at 9pm EST (6pm PST).

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