Al Iaquinta Rips into UFC and Dana White

Al Iaquinta may have made his first trip to the Octagon in more than two years at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean things between the UFC and him are smoothed over. In fact, they are quite the opposite.

Prior to Saturday, Iaquinta last set foot in the Octagon in April of 2015, winning a narrow decision over Jorge Masvidal. When he returned in Nashville, there was no sign of ring rust as he put on a fantastic performance, knocking Diego Sanchez out less than two minutes into their co-main event.

It may be the last time we see Iaquinta in the Octagon for quite some time, if not forever. 

Iaquinta sat out for two years primarily due to being disgruntled with his contract. And on Monday, we learned that he wasn’t just upset, he was doing something about it. 

Al Iaquinta UFC Nashville“I took time out of my life to set myself up so I don’t have to suck up to anybody. I can do it my way. If I want to fight again, I’ll fight. If not, I’m not the guy that’s kissing up to the UFC,” Iaquinta said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“I don’t fight for the UFC. The UFC has done nothing for me. They left me high and dry.”

Iaquinta made good for himself selling real estate and following his knockout of Sanchez said that he intends to return to that business, where he insinuated that he makes more money than in the Octagon. Iaquinta confirmed that he was paid $52,000 ($26,000 to show and $26,000 to win) for the fight with Sanchez. He is currently 10 fights into his UFC career with an 8-2 record. He has knocked out four of his last five opponents.

Iaquinta thought he probably should have at least earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, but did not. That’s really only a small portion of his discontent, though.

“For a guy that puts it out there like me, they should, I don’t know. I’ve never had a boring fight, I come to fight every time. I put on a show. Five fights in a row, four knockouts in the last five, no bonus money, no (expletive), nothing. They suck. Whatever,” he said.

“Joe Lauzon, who is the bonus king, I knocked out the bonus king to get a bonus and nothing. Diego Sanchez, the guy is a legend that’s been around forever and how many bonuses has he won? I beat him and I don’t get a bonus. (Expletive) them.”

His pay, as well as that of other fighters is really what gets Iaquinta fired up. 

“I’m a professional freaking athlete, I just was on TV, FOX Sports 1, co-main event, and $50,000 is what I walk away with? Are you kidding me? NFL players are making real money. I should be buying houses on water, nice (expletive). This is (expletive) ridiculous,” Iaquinta ranted.

“And these guys are making all this money doing nothing. They are sitting there watching me fight. I’m the man; you are not. Dana White, he’s done a lot for this sport, but he’s got not one injury from this sport. For him to say the best part of UFC Brooklyn was the flight home. You are on a private jet, bro. Shut the (expletive) up,” he continued.

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“For most people, that would be the highlight of their life, forget the night. You were on a private jet, of course it’s the highlight of your night. These guys fighting in the cage getting hurt, Jim Miller… (White) owes an apology to all those (expletives). That is (expletive). Shut your (expletive) mouth.”

It was an epic rant from Iaquinta; one to rival the man he was largely talking about, Dana White, who is also not known for holding his tongue. 

But he wasn’t done. After confirming that “it is probable” that we won’t see him fight again for at least another year or two, Iaquinta continued to unload on White. 

“The fighters, we need to be heard. It’s our time now,” he said. 

“(White’s) gonna say the best part is the ride home. Shut the (expletive) up. Are you kidding me? Go (expletive) yourself. Don’t ever talk about a fighter like that. You are not a fighter. You don’t do it. You don’t know.”

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Al Iaquinta Loves Fighting, but Intends to Sell Houses Following Diego Sanchez Win

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Al Iaquinta loves fighting, and he’s good at it. The Longo-Serra Fight Team member has racked up a professional record of 13-3-1, including going 8-2 in the Octagon. 

He is currently riding a five-fight winning streak after Saturday night’s knockout of Diego Sanchez.

With such a record, you’d think Iaquinta’s focus following Sanchez would be squarely on a Top 10 opponent and a path to a title shot. 

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For Iaquinta, however, he’s strongly leaning toward a life outside of the Octagon following his recent success, as he doesn’t believe that the risks he takes in the fight game are worth what his UFC contract pays him. 

Having gone two years between his last two fights, Iaquinta has built a burgeoning career in real estate, to which he seems intent upon returning.

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  • Of course he’s making bank on houses, it’s 2006 all over again right now. Wait until it’s 2008 all over again….. better stay in fighting shape.

  • You can find different Real Estate sites that give info on Agents so you can check them out before you buy or list a house with them.

    Checked out Al to see how he’s doing in the Real Estate business…. According to them Mr Al isn’t doing so well, He’s sold ZERO houses so far, listed two (which haven’t sold) and finally Al has rented one apartment (which means he probably made under 1000 bucks). Guess this is the real reason he’s back in the Octagan and so pissed he didn’t get a bonus.

    Al certainly isn’t cutting it as an Agent. But then again, we’ve seen him yell at the fans after fights, blow up and get mad at the UFC and other fighters. Know I’d think twice about wanting him to sell my house or find me a new one….. don’t need an agent with a quick temper. LOL

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Dana White and Snoop Dogg Talk 3-Point Pot Plan for Nick Diaz

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UFC president Dana White sat down with famed rapper, actor, and all-around popular guy Snoop Dogg to discuss several matters in and around the Octagon – including the potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match – but when they really got down to business, talk centered on how to get and keep Nick Diaz in the Octagon.

Snoop, who has some experience with marijuana, which has been a stumbling block for Diaz’s fight career, has a simple 12-step, no, 10-step, no wait, a simple 3-step plan to achieve the goal.

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Cody Garbrandt on TJ Dillashaw: ‘I Never Liked the Guy’

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder TJ Dillashaw have history. The two are former training partners and members of Urijah Faber-founded Team Alpha Male. When former Team Alpha Male head coach Duane Ludwig left the team, Dillashaw departed with him.

The two are now opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption, and the tension couldn’t be higher. In the first episode, the two had a physical altercation. Often times reality television is hardly reality, but the animosity between the former teammates couldn’t be more real.

TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt“Cody is a very loyal, hardcore Team Alpha Male guy, and he feels like TJ betrayed the team,” said UFC president Dana White during the TUF 25 debut episode on Wednesday.

“The way TJ left Team Alpha Male was just straight sellout. I mean, lied to his team, to the people that helped him,” said Garbrandt. “Faber has given him money, shelter, yet he was scheming and plotting on the backend for what he’s calling his ‘sponsorship money.’ At the same time, we were questioning him on it; TJ, either you’re with us or not. TJ’s a snake and a sellout.”

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Their beef comes down to Dillashaw’s decision to leave his former team. He felt Ludwig was a better fit, but that decision sparked a rivalry.

“My situation with TJ, he was an old teammate and old training partner,” said Garbrandt. “I never liked the guy. That was because I thought it was his competitive nature. But as time went on, I got to know TJ as a person. It wasn’t the case. It was just that he’s a d—head.”

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