Ragin’ His Way to the Top: the Unlikely Rebirth of Al Iaquinta

There was once a time, not so long ago, that Al Iaquinta seemed very much done with a career as a professional fighter. After a controversial split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in April 2015 that ended with “Ragin’ Al” hurling profanities at a disagreeable crowd in Fairfax, Virginia, the Serra-Longo Fight Team product battled with a string of injuries before engaging Ultimate Fighting Championship management in a prolonged and highly visible dispute over performance bonuses, his contract and the terms of the organization’s health insurance policy. Over the course of two full years punctuated by numerous false starts and expletive-laden interviews, Iaquinta was the odd man out at 155 pounds, barely registering as an afterthought as the division’s ranks swelled with talent and the company placed its full promotional weight behind Conor McGregor.

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