Al Iaquinta



Dominated in return from layoff
November 6, 2021
Iaquinta lost to Bobby Green via TKO (punches) at 2:25 of Round 1 at UFC 268 on Saturday in New York City.
Iaquinta's first fight in 25 months was an unmitigated disaster and resulted in the first knockout defeat of his career. Green is a notoriously difficult opponent to fight because he's constantly moving and always keeps his hands down. In retrospect, probably wasn't the best matchup for Al in his return to the Octagon. Iaquinta dealt with multiple leg injuries during his time away, and this performance certainly wasn't encouraging. Now 34 years of age, Al has lost three in a row and four of his past five with just a single victory dating back to April 2017. In short, his margin for error is nil moving forward.
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Comeback set versus Bobby Green
August 28, 2021
Iaquinta (lower leg) is scheduled to fight Bobby Green in a lightweight matchup at UFC 268 in November.
Iaquinta has been sidelined since October of 2019 due to tibia and fibula injuries in his left leg. It'll be over two years since he was last in the Octagon by the time he takes on Green, who has lost his last two fights.
Handed provisional suspension
October 8, 2019
Iaquinta (lower leg) received a provisional 180-day medical suspension Tuesday, reports.
Iaquinta suffered a defeat to Dan Hooker via unanimous decision Saturday at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia, but was also handed a provisional 180-day medical suspension due to injuries to the tibia and fibula of his left leg, as well as his foot. Iaquinta will receive X-rays, and the suspension could be lifted pending clearance from a physician.
Not competitive against Dan Hooker
October 5, 2019
Iaquinta lost to Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
"Raging Al" flew halfway around the world from Long Island to Australia only to get his rear end whipped. Iaquinta is a tough as they come, but he had no answers for the length and fluidity of Hooker. Al was unable to get inside with any consistency and the very few strikes that he did land were one-and-done. Iaquinta is as tough as they come -- he went the full five rounds against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on a single day's notice -- but we have seen enough of Al against elite competition to know that he simply isn't on the level on the best the division has to offer at 155 pounds. That being said, Iaquinta is darn good and will rebound from this. He's too talented and has one of the best teams in the world behind him.
Returning to Octagon
August 21, 2019
Iaquinta (face) is scheduled to fight Dan Hooker in a lightweight matchup at UFC 243 in New Zealand on October 6.
Last time out, Iaquinta suffered a broken nose and facial fractures during his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Ottawa. The lightweight was given a six-month medical suspension following the fight, but has apparently been cleared by a doctor before UFC 243. Iaquinta owns a 9-4 record in UFC, and will be facing a man who is one month removed from a win via KO at UFC San Antonio. Iaquinta has made significant leaps in his boxing over the past few years, and owns signature wins against the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Kevin Lee (twice). The offensive striking statistics are quite similar between the two men, but "Ragin Al" tends to get hit a bit less. It remains to be seen if that will hold true for Iaquinta while dealing with a five-inch reach disadvantage.
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.