Al Iaquinta to Face Jorge Masvidal in New UFC Fight Night Co-Main Event on April 4

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 2, 2015
Al Iaquinta will make a quick turnaround from his UFC 183 win over Joe Lauzon. | Dave Mandel/

UFC Fight Night in Fairfax, Va., now has its third different co-headliner, as Jorge Masvidal will meet Al Iaquinta on April 4.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the matchup on Monday evening. Masvidal was booked first against Bobby Green and then Benson Henderson, but Green withdrew after tearing his quad and Henderson was moved to the UFC Fight Night main event against Brandon Thatch in Broomfield, Colo., on Feb. 14.

UFC Fight Night "Mendes vs. Lamas" takes place at the Patriot Center and features a pivotal featherweight showdown between former title challengers Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas. The evening’s main card will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Masvidal went 3-0 during his 2014 campaign, posting wins against Pat Healy, Daron Cruickshank and James Krause. The Strikeforce veteran is 5-1 in the Octagon overall, with his lone defeat coming at the hands of Rustam Khabilov in November 2013.

Iaquinta, meanwhile, is one of the lightweight division’s rising stars. The Serra-Longo Fight Team product enters the bout on a three-fight tear of his own, including an impressive second-round stoppage of Joe Lauzon in his most recent outing at UFC 183.


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