Last week it was announced TUF vet Al Iaquinta was coming back, returning from a self-imposed retirement that stemmed from contract issues.
On yesterday’s “The MMA Hour“, he opened up about that return – against Diego Sanchez – and how much is different with his contract nowadays.
“I’m still not happy with the contract, but what the hell am I gonna do?” Iaquinta said. “Just sit here and do nothing? I gotta do something. I’ve gotta at least fight. Nothing is gonna change. It is what it is. It sucks.”
Iaquinta (12-3-1) said he agreed to return after bumping into UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby at a hotel bar last month in Denver. Both were in town for UFC on FOX 23. Iaquinta was there for his Serra-Longo teammate Aljamain Sterling’s fight against Raphael Assuncao.
“I had a good talk with those guys,” Iaquinta said. “I was like surprised. They really wanted me to fight. They basically told me to pick whoever I wanted to fight.
“At least they made me feel appreciated, I guess. I felt like they want me to fight again.”