After TUF 15 finalist Al Iaquinta relayed he’d be willing to fight “whoever” at UFC Fight Night 30 on October 26th, following the withdrawal of Anthony Njokuani, the rugged lightweight has been re-booked to fight Piotr Hallman.
Iaqunita has confirmed with RM Sports’ Fightline.com that he will throw down with Hallman at the event, which will take place at the Manchester Arena in England. It’s the latest change to the match-up, as originally Njokuani was set to fight Paul Taylor, before injuries forced both men to drop out (Taylor has since announced his retirement).
Hallmann (14-1) is coming off a memorable Octagon debut, as the Polish fighter tapped out Francisco Trinaldo at UFC FN 28 with a second round, Kimura. The 26 year-old has won 10 straight scraps.
Iaquinta (6-2-1), meanwhile, scored an impressive unanimous decision win over Ryan Couture at UFC 164 in August. The victory returned the Serra-Longo Fight Team member to the winner’s circle, after he was choked out by Michael Chiesa at the TUF 15 Finale last June. The 26 year-old relayed the following to Fightline about the new match-up.
“I’m happy I still get to go over to England and get back in there,” Iaquinta said. “I think it will be a fun fight and it’s a good match up for me.”
UFC FN 30 will also feature Michael Bisping taking on fellow middleweight contender Mark Munoz, and lightweight Ross Pearson fighting Melvin Guillard in the co-main-event.
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