Al Iaquinta

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Al Iaquinta
Al Iaquinta at UFC 230.jpg
Al Iaquinta at UFC 230 in New York City in November 2018
Born (1987-04-30) April 30, 1987 (age 34)
Valley Stream, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSeaford, New York, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofWantagh, New York, U.S.
TeamSerra-Longo Fight Team
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Serra[4]
Years active2009–2021
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission1
By decision6
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision3
Amateur record
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Al Iaquinta (born April 30, 1987) is a retired professional mixed martial artist best known for fighting in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Iaquinta had been signed with the UFC since 2012 until his retirement in 2021.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Iaquinta, who is of Italian descent, wrestled at Wantagh High School[5] and went on to earn his associate degree from Nassau Community College, where he also wrestled.[6] 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 5–1–1.[7]

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.[8] Iaquinta advanced into the TUF house by defeating Jon Tuck by unanimous decision after one round.[9] 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.[10]

In the quarter-finals, Iaquinta fought Team Faber teammate, Andy Ogle. Iaquinta won via TKO in the closing moments of round one.[11] 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 on to the finals against teammate Michael Chiesa.[12]

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 submission due to a rear naked choke early in the first round.[13]

Iaquinta was expected to face Joe Proctor on April 27, 2013, at UFC 159.[14] However, the bout was scrapped as both fighters sustained training injuries leading up to the fight.[15]

Iaquinta faced Ryan Couture on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164, replacing an injured Quinn Mulhern.[16] 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.[17] Then on September 24, Njokuani pulled out of the event with an injury.[18] Iaquinta instead faced Piotr Hallmann.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, and 30–27).

Iaquinta faced Kevin Lee at UFC 169 on February 8, 2014. He won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 28–27).[20]

Iaquinta faced Mitch Clarke at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014.[21] He lost the fight via submission (D'arce choke) in the second round.

Iaquinta faced Rodrigo Damm at UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5, 2014.[22] Iaquinta defeated Damm via third-round TKO.[23][24]

Iaquinta faced Ross Pearson on November 8, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 55.[25] Despite being the underdog, Iaquinta won the fight via TKO in the second round.[26]

Iaquinta faced Joe Lauzon on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183.[27] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[28]

Iaquinta faced Jorge Masvidal on April 4, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 63.[29] He won the bout via controversial split decision.[30] 13 of 15 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Masvidal.[31]

Iaquinta was expected to face Bobby Green on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[32] However, Green pulled out of the fight in mid-June, citing an undisclosed injury, and he was replaced by Gilbert Melendez.[33] Subsequently, Melendez was removed from the card on July 6, after it was revealed that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after his previous fight at UFC 188.[34] In turn, Iaquinta was removed from the card as well.[35]

Iaquinta was expected to face Thiago Alves on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.[36] However, Iaquinta announced on September 19 that he would not be taking the fight due to a contract dispute with the promotion.[37]

After two years away from the sport, Iaquinta returned to face Diego Sanchez on April 22, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 108.[38] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[39]

Iaquinta was expected to face Paul Felder on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218.[40] However, Iaquinta pulled out of the fight on October 31 due to being unsatisfied with his current contract, and he was replaced by Charles Oliveira.[41]

UFC Lightweight Championship fight[edit]

The bout with Felder was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223.[42] However, because of an injury to interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson and the state athletic commission's decision to pull replacement UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway over concerns over his weight cut, Iaquinta was scheduled as a replacement against Khabib Nurmagomedov in the five round main event.[43] Although the fight was scheduled for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship, only Nurmagomedov was eligible to win the championship due to Iaquinta weighing in at 155.2 lbs which is two tenths of a pound over the championship weight limit of 155. Iaquinta had already weighed in for his fight against Paul Felder prior to officially being announced as the new replacement. Non-championship bouts allow fighters to weigh in one pound over the limit.[44] Ultimately, Iaquinta lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Post UFC Lightweight Championship fight[edit]

Iaquinta was scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135.[46] However, on June 28, 2018, Iaquinta withdrew from the bout, and he was replaced by James Vick.[47]

Iaquinta faced Kevin Lee in a rematch on December 15, 2018, at UFC on Fox 31.[48] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[49] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[50]

Iaquinta faced Donald Cerrone on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151.[51] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[52] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.[53]

Iaquinta faced Dan Hooker on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[54] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[55]

Iaquinta faced Bobby Green on November 6, 2021 at UFC 268.[56] Iaquinta lost the fight via first round TKO, marking the first time that he lost by TKO in his professional MMA career.[57]

Ianquinta announced his retirement from competing MMA professionally on his podcast, the Call Me Al Show, on November 19, 2021.[58]

Submission Underground[edit]

On February 23, 2020, Iaquinta faced Mike Perry at Chael Sonnen's Submission Underground 11 event.[59] He lost the fight via fastest escape time.[60][61]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ring of Combat
    • ROC Lightweight Championship (One time)

Personal life[edit]

Iaquinta is a licensed real estate agent. He started the process of acquiring a license after a contract dispute for his fight against Thiago Alves at UFC 205.[64]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 14 wins 7 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 1 3
By decision 6 3
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–7–1 Bobby Green TKO (punches) UFC 268 November 6, 2021 1 2:25 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 14–6–1 Dan Hooker Decision (unanimous) UFC 243 October 6, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 14–5–1 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy May 4, 2019 5 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 14–4–1 Kevin Lee Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 5 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 13–4–1 Khabib Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States For the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Iaquinta initially made weight (155.2 lbs) for his bout against Paul Felder, but was ineligible to win the title due to not being at championship weight.
Win 13–3–1 Diego Sanchez KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 1 1:38 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 12–3–1 Jorge Masvidal Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 11–3–1 Joe Lauzon TKO (punches) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 2 3:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3–1 Ross Pearson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 2 1:39 Sydney, Australia
Win 9–3–1 Rodrigo Damm TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Mousasi September 5, 2014 3 2:26 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
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
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: Live Finale June 1, 2012 1 2:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 15 Lightweight Tournament final.
Loss 5–1–1 Pat Audinwood Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 38 November 18, 2011 1 2:06 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost the ROC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0–1 Gabriel Miglioli TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 37 September 9, 2011 1 0:26 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant ROC Lightweight Championship.
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 Catchweight (161 lbs) bout; Key missed weight.
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 (unanimous) Ring of Combat 24 April 17, 2009 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Iaquinta deducted 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
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) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Semifinal round.
Win 3–0 Andy Ogle TKO (elbow and punches) May 18, 2012 (Live airdate) 1 4:44 The Ultimate Fighter: Live Quarterfinal round. Knockout of the Season.
Win 2–0 Myles Jury Decision (split) March 30, 2012 (Live airdate) 3 5:00 The Ultimate Fighter: Live Preliminary round. Fight of the Season.
Win 1–0 Jon Tuck Decision (unanimous) March 9, 2012 (Live airdate) 1 5:00 The Ultimate Fighter: Live Elimination round.


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