Al Iaquinta


Injury Face
Est. Return 11/6/2019
Details array of injuries
May 29, 2019
Iaquinta told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he suffered a broken nose and fractured right orbital bone in his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Ottawa on May 4.
Iaquinta also described some significant leg bruising, detailing how he's just now able to resume regular movement nearly four weeks after the fight. Given his account of the events, it's no surprise the Ontario Office of the Athletics Commissioner issued him a six-month medical suspension following the fight. While Iaquinta did not disclose a desired opponent for his next fight, he did say he'd be interested in competing again at November's card in Madison Square Garden, which also happens to be his home state of New York. That timetable falls right in line with the end of his suspension, if the full length is even required.
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Gets six-month medical suspension
May 7, 2019
Iaquinta (14-5-1) received a six-month medical suspension after sustaining unspecified injuries Saturday in his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Ottawa, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Iaquinta relayed in a text message to that he "can be cleared" before the six-month suspension concludes, but it would be contingent on a doctor giving him a clean bill of health. After losing in a unanimous decision over the weekend, Iaquinta now owns a 9-4 record since signing with the UFC.
Can't find range against Cowboy
May 4, 2019
Iaquinta lost to Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (45-49, 45-49, 46-49) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
It wasn't a good night at the office for Raging Al. He looked fairly good for two rounds before his striking defense vanished and he began to absorb way too much punishment. Iaquinta had real problems with the length and height disadvantage he was facing. He also failed on all six of his takedown attempts. Iaquinta's striking, which was a weakness early in his career, is now a strength, but he just couldn't find the range on Saturday. While Iaquinta's significant strike landed percentage (40 percent) was reasonable enough, he spent too much time on the defensive in the second half of the fight to do any real damage to Cowboy. Al remains one of the better lightweights in the world despite the loss. He'll be back.
Matching up with Donald Cerrone
March 20, 2019
Iaquinta is scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC Ottawa on May 4, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Iaquinta will fight in Canada for the first time in his UFC career fresh off a December victory against Kevin Lee in which he won via unanimous decision. It was an impressive victory against one of the division's top contenders, where Iaquinta showcased both his defensive wrestling and tremendous boxing ability. The New York native has prevailed in six of his last seven fights dating back to 2014, but will get a challenge in a resurgent Cerrone, who is moving back down to the lightweight division after a stint at 170 pounds. Effectively, Cerrone will enter with height and reach advantages.
Vaults into title picture with win
December 15, 2018
Iaquinta defeated Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
Iaquinta looked to control the space early, backing Lee up and unloading shots, while effectively slipping counter attacks. "The Motown Phenom" was able to get Iaquinta's back twice in the fight and work for a choke but Iaquinta was never in any imminent danger and returned to his feet to continue the game plan. It's easy to dismiss Iaquinta due to the fact that he now sells real estate when he's not fighting but it needs to be acknowledged that the 31-year-old has won six of his last seven fights, with the only loss in that stretch coming to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on short notice. It seems to be gut-check time for Iaquinta, as one would have to believe he will only receive elite-level opponents going forward. He moves to 14-4-1 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Set to face Kevin Lee in Milwaukee
October 10, 2018
Iaquinta (undisclosed) will face Kevin Lee in a lightweight bout at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Iaquinta hasn't fought since falling to Khabib Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision in a title fight at UFC 223 in April, as an undisclosed injury forced him to withdraw from his scheduled fight against Justin Gaethje this summer. With the veteran fighter apparently back to full health, he'll face Lee in a rematch from 2014, when Iaquinta defeated Lee via unanimous decision at UFC 169. Both fighters have come a long way since their 2014 bout, with Iaquinta winning five of his next seven fights and Lee winning 10 of his next 12 (his two losses came against Leonardo Santos and Tony Ferguson).