It hasn’t taken Al Iaquinta long to book his next bout, as following the TUF 15 finalist’s impressive win over Ryan Couture at UFC 164 last month, the promotion has tapped him to fight at UFC Fight Night 30 on October 26th. The powerful lightweight will head to Manchester, England, for the card to step in for the injured Paul Taylor, who was scheduled to fight noted striker Anthony Njokuani. While that’s a really tough break for Taylor, who has battled injuries for some time, Iaquinta-Njokuani also has the makings of an outstanding scrap.
Iaquinta recently spoke with Fightline.com’s Dana Becker, and had this to say about heading overseas for his next bout, as well as getting assigned Njokuani.
“I like the idea of fighting in England,” Iaquinta said. “There is a great chance I never would have made it to Milwaukee in my lifetime, but I got to go over there to fight Ryan. It was an awesome city.
“I probably never would have made it over to England. I’m loving traveling and seeing the world; I’m really living a dream right now.”
“A win over Anthony would put me on the map for sure,” Iaquinta stated. “He is a well known guy in the division that has fought some of the toughest guys at 155.”
Njokuani (16-7) is coming off a memorable, first round KO win over Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 7 in April, after dropping a unanimous decision loss to Rafeal dos Anjos last July. Prior to that, at UFC 145 in April, 2012, “The Assassin” scored a UD win over accomplished striker John Makdessi. So, considering Njokuani’s been with the UFC for a couple years now, and has scored some big wins, you can understand why Iaquinta’s looking forward to the opportunity.
UFC FN 30 will be hosted by Manchester Arena and will feature Mark Munoz taking on Michael Bisping in the main event.
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