There are malcontents, like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who always seem to be complaining about one thing or another. And then there are heels, who have adopted a somewhat villainous role to elicit a reaction from the fans. When it comes to Al Iaquinta’s constant gripes about UFC pay – and especially the bonus he didn’t get for knocking out Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday – I think his words are a little of column A and a little of column B.
But regardless of where it’s all coming from, Iaquinta is definitely beefing. On yesterday’s “The MMA Hour”, he riffed about more about what’s upsetting him (h/t MMAFighting).
“Fifty-thousand dollar bonus — a bonus is like a little something extra. Fifty-thousand dollars is like three times some of these guys’ pay. That’s not a bonus. That’s like life-changing stuff. And oh, it looks great. But guess what? That’s their little way to control you. You’ve got to suck up to the man. You suck up to the man, you get on the mic, you thank Joe Silva, ‘thank you guys, you guys are the best, thank you Dana White, thank you Lorenzo Fertitta,’ and those are the guys who get the bonuses. So it’s their little way. Like, ‘kiss my ass and I’ll give you a little scrap.’
“But I don’t have to do that anymore. I don’t care. I took time out of my life to set myself up to where I don’t have to suck up to anybody, and I can do it my way. And if I want to fight again, I’ll fight. And if not, I’m not the guy who’s kissing up to the UFC.
“I don’t fight for the UFC,” Iaquinta continued. “I fight for myself, I fight for my team, my family. The UFC has done nothing. They’ve done nothing for me. They freakin’ left me high and dry. I had to beg them for freakin’ knee surgery.”