(13-4-1) is a lightweight fighter who competes in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
. His next outing will see him
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opposite Kevin Lee
the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, in Milwaukee on Dec.
15. The clash is a rematch of their UFC 169 bout, which Iaquinta
won by unanimous decision.
As we approach the eagerly-awaited contest, here are five things
you might not know about the Serra-Longo Fight Team member.
1. He is a licensed real estate agent.
Following his victory at UFC Fight Night 63 in Apr. 2015, Iaquinta
did not compete again until UFC Fight Night 108, in Apr. 2017. The
reason for his two-year hiatus was because Iaquinta was busy with
his other career: selling real estate in Long Island. Although
Iaquinta has now returned the cage, he has no plans to give up his
2. He used to wrestle.
These days, he is best known for his striking skills, but it was
amateur wrestling where he first honed his combat skills. The young
Iaquinta started out in the discipline at Wantagh High School. And
he continued wrestling while studying for his associate degree at
Nassau Community College.
3. He was on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Back in 2012, Iaquinta was a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 15. He qualified for the house off the back of a unanimous
decision victory over Jon Tuck
the preliminary round, he overcame Myles Jury
split decision. This was followed by a quarter final TKO triumph
. In the season’s semi-final, Iaquinta met Vinc Pichel
After three rounds of action, the judges all sided with Iaquinta.
The decision win saw him qualify for the season’s finale opposite
. At 2:47 into the first frame, Iaquinta was forced to
succumb to a rear-naked choke.
4. He has been vocal in his criticism of the UFC.
In the past, he has been highly critical of the UFC’s pay
structure. It was his disillusionment with his contract that led
him to take two years away from the Octagon. He once said in an
interview of comparing MMA to his other job, “… I don’t have the
risk of getting hurt. I don’t need to fight now. I have my
real-estate career.” It was his ongoing contract dispute that led
“Ragin’ Al” to pull out of his Nov. 2016 bout with Justin
at UFC 205 in his home city of New York. Most fighters
hailing from “The Big Apple” would have been clamouring to get on
the card, but the outspoken Iaquinta felt it important that he take
a stand against what he regarded as the UFC’s less than generous
financial package. Iaquinta stated of his position that if he were
to have lost the contest, it would be “ … like fighting at MSG for
free.” He has since signed an improved offer with the Las
5. He had a lengthy amateur career.
In 2006, at the end of his college wrestling season, “Ragin’ Al”
commenced training in mixed martial arts. He would compile a
faultless 14-0 record in the amateur ranks before turning
professional with the Ring of Combat promotion in 2009.