Al Iaquinta continued his winning ways at UFC Fight Night 30 last week, as the TUF 15 Finalist worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Piotr Hallmann to record his second UFC win. After losing to Michael Chiesa in the TUF 15 finals last July, the powerful lightweight has rebounded nicely in 2013, by defeating Ryan Couture in August and now Hallmann.
So, what could be next for the 26 year-old fighter? Considering his recent victories? Well, while speaking to Fightline.com’s Dana Becker, the Serra-Longo Fight Team member relayed he’s still interested in facing the man he was initially scheduled to fight on October 26th.
“Njokuani is a veteran who I’ve been watching pretty much since I started MMA,” Iaquinta said about Njokuani, who was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury. “Training for him, I knew I would have to be at my very best to beat him. I had some great training sessions when I was preparing for him.”
“(But) I’m really down to fight whoever the UFC wants me to. I just want to stay active.”
If you’ve seen Njokuani fight, you know that a bout between the experienced kickboxer and the aggressive Iaquinta could get really interesting.
As far as the win over Hallmann, Iaquinta relayed that “nothing really surprised” him about how the scrap went down. The 26 year-old Hallmann was coming a successful UFC debut, as at UFC FN 28 in September, he tapped out Francisco Trinaldo with a second round, Kimura. The impressive victory also earned the Polish fighter “Submission of the Night” honors.
It will be interesting to see who Iaquinta gets matched up against next, as considering his run on TUF 15 and his recent wins, chances are it will be an experienced vet, like say Njokuani.
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