“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
It’s a quote which gets tossed around a lot online, and elsewhere. It’s of unknown origin, but often attributed to Sir Winston Churchill.
Whoever it was, s/he probably didn’t have in mind the recent spate of injuries among the headlining talent of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
But, those difficulties have led to opportunities for many fighters — most recently, for UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta.
Iaquinta, seen above (left) in his impressive second round TKO victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 183 this past Saturday, has agreed to replace Benson Henderson, and face Jorge Masvidal, in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 63 in April.
Henderson, as reported here at Caged Insider Sunday, will be unavailable because he has chosen to replace the injured Steven “Wonderboy” Thompson, at UFC Fight Night 60, later this month.
Known as “Raging Al,” New York’s Iaquinta has won his last three bouts and six of his last seven. He fights out of Serra-Longo Fight Team and is 11-3-1 in his MMA career.
His opponent Masvidal, a Florida native who fights out of American Top Team, has also won three straight bouts. Masvidal was originally to face Bobby Green at the event, who had to step away due to injury. That made way for Henderson, who is now fighting at UFC Fight Night 60. Masvidal is 28-8 in his MMA career.
UFC Fight Night 63, also known as UFC Fight Night Mendes vs. Lamas, takes place April 4 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The event is headlined by a featherweight bout between Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.