|Born||April 30, 1987|
Valley Stream, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Seaford, New York, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Garden City, New York, U.S.|
|Team||Serra-Longo Fight Team|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Serra|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Al Iaquinta (born April 30, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist, who competes in the lightweight division of UFC. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Iaquinta has been signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 2012. As of June 30, 2020, he is #9 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Iaquinta, who is of Italian descent, wrestled at Wantagh High School and went on to earn his associate degree from Nassau Community College, where he also wrestled. 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.
The Ultimate Fighter
Iaquinta was one of 32 lightweight fighters announced by the UFC to participate in first live season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Iaquinta advanced into the TUF house by defeating Jon Tuck by unanimous decision after one round. Afterwards, he was chosen as first pick for Team Faber.
In the quarter-finals, Iaquinta fought Team Faber teammate, Andy Ogle. Iaquinta won via TKO in the closing moments of round one. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 faced Ryan Couture on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164, replacing an injured Quinn Mulhern. 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. Then on September 24, Njokuani pulled out of the event with an injury. Iaquinta instead faced Piotr Hallmann. He won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, and 30–27).
Iaquinta was expected to face Bobby Green on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71. However, Green pulled out of the fight in mid-June citing an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Gilbert Melendez. 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. In turn, Iaquinta was removed from the card as well.
Iaquinta was expected to face Thiago Alves on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205. However, Iaquinta announced on September 19 that he would not be taking the fight due to a contract dispute with the promotion.
Iaquinta was expected to face Paul Felder on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218. However, Iaquinta pulled out of the fight on October 31 due to being unsatisfied with his current contract and was replaced by Charles Oliveira.
UFC Lightweight Championship fight
The bout with Felder was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223. 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. 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. Ultimately, he lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Post UFC Lightweight Championship fight
Iaquinta was scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135, in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, on June 28, 2018, Iaquinta withdrew from the bout and he was replaced by James Vick.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ring of Combat
- ROC Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|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.|
|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 8, 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|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||4 wins||0 losses|
|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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