Al Iaquinta

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Al Iaquinta
Born Alexander Jay Iaquinta
(1987-04-30) April 30, 1987 (age 27)
Wantagh, New York, United States
Other names Raging
Residence Wantagh, New York
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Style Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Garden City, New York
Team Serra-Longo Fight Team
Rank purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Serra[2]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 8
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 3
By submission 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Jay Iaquinta (/ˌ.əˈkwntə/; Italian pronunciation: [jaˈkwinta]; born April 30, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Iaquinta has made a name for himself fighting for the Ring of Combat promotion and his stint on FX's The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fighting in their lightweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Before turning pro, Iaquinta had a perfect amateur record of 14-0. Iaquinta began his pro MMA career fighting for the Ring of Combat promotion. There, he earned a record of 5 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Iaquinta was one of 32 lightweight fighters announced by the UFC to participate in first live season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.[4] Iaquinta advanced into the TUF house by defeating Jon Tuck by unanimous decision after one round.[5] Afterwards, he was chosen as first pick for Team Faber.

After his team lost the first two matches, Iaquinta earned the first win for Team Faber by defeating Myles Jury via split decision after three rounds.[6]

In the quarter-finals, Iaquinta fought Team Faber teammate, Andy Ogle. Iaquinta won via TKO in the closing moments of round one.[7] The win advanced Iaquinta into the semi-finals where he faced Team Cruz's Vinc Pichel. Iaquinta defeated Pichel via unanimous decision after two rounds, and moved onto the finals against teammate Michael Chiesa.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Iaquinta officially made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1, 2012 against Michael Chiesa to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Live. Iaquinta lost to Chiesa by rear naked choke early in the first round.

Iaquinta was expected to face Joe Proctor on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[9] However, the bout was scrapped as both fighters sustained training injuries leading up to the fight.[10]

Iaquinta faced Ryan Couture on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164, replacing an injured Quinn Mulhern.[11] He won the bout via unanimous decision after dominating the fight on the feet and negating all of Couture's takedown attempts.

Iaquinta was expected to face Anthony Njokuani on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30, replacing an injured Paul Taylor[12] On September 24, Njokuani pulled out of the event with an injury.[13] Iaquinta instead faced Piotr Hallmann.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Iaquinta faced debuting Kevin Lee at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Iaquinta faced Mitch Clarke at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014.[16] He lost the fight via technical submission in the second round.

Iaquinta is expected to face Rodrigo Damm at UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5, 2014.[17]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–3–1 Mitch Clarke Technical Submission (d'arce choke) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 2 0:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2–1 Kevin Lee Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–2–1 Piotr Hallmann Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 3 5:00 Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 6–2–1 Ryan Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 5–2–1 Michael Chiesa Technical submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 1 2:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 15
Loss 5–1–1 Pat Audinwood Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 38 November 18, 2011 1 2:06 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0–1 Gabriel Miglioli TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 37 September 9, 2011 1 0:26 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0–1 Gabriel Miglioli Decision (split) Ring of Combat 36 June 17, 2011 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0–1 Joshua Key TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 27 November 20, 2009 1 1:47 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0–1 Tim Sylvester KO (punch) Ring of Combat 25 June 12, 2009 1 0:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw 1–0–1 Will Martinez Draw Ring of Combat 24 April 17, 2009 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Iaquinta penalized one point for fence grabbing.
Win 1–0 Mervin Rodriguez Submission (anaconda choke) Ring of Combat 23 February 20, 2009 1 1:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Vinc Pichel Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Live May 25, 2012 (Live airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Semi-Final round
Win 3–0 Andy Ogle TKO (elbow and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Live May 18, 2012 (Live airdate) 1 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Quarter-Final round; Knockout of the Season
Win 2–0 Myles Jury Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 30, 2012 (Live airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Preliminary round; Fight of the Season
Win 1–0 Jon Tuck Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 9, 2012 (Live airdate) 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Elimination round

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw". UFC.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Daniel Clark (August 18, 2012). "Interview with Al Iaquinta". MMA Narcotic. 
  3. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Al-Iaquinta-42817
  4. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter 15' cast unveiled with 32 lightweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mixed martial arts results, Season 15 - The Ultimate Fighter". State of Nevada, Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Episode No. 4 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". MMAJunkie.com. March 30, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Episode No. 11 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". MMAJunkie.com. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Episode No. 12 Recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". mmajunkie.com. May 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Staff (January 31, 2013). "Joe Proctor vs. Al Iaquinta joins 'UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen' card". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff (April 12, 2013). "Al Iaquinta also injured, fight pulled from UFC 159 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-07-16). "Quinn Mulhern out, Al Iaquinta meets Ryan Couture at UFC 164 in Milwaukee". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Al Iaquinta replaces Paul Taylor, faces Anthony Njokuani at UFC Fight Night 30". mmajunkie.com. 19 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Staff. "Injury knocks Anthony Njokuani out of UFC Fight Night 30 bout with Al Iaquinta". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  14. ^ Staff. "Piotr Hallman replaces Njokuani, meets Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  15. ^ Mike Whitman. "Al Iaquinta welcomes unbeaten lightweight Kevin Lee to Octagon at UFC 169". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  16. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-02-26). "Iaquinta heading to Vegas to face Clarke". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  17. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-07-12). "Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm in the works for UFC Fight Night 50 on Sept. 5 in Connecticut". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 

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