Al Iaquinta has made it known who he wants to fight next.
It turns out that Al Iaquinta won’t be fighting Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln. Despite the fact that the UFC officially announced the fight, it will not happen.
Gaethje is coming off a tough loss. Back in the main event of the UFC on FOX 29 show (April 14, 2018) that took place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Dustin Poirier picked up a TKO win in the fourth round over the former WSOF champion. Gaethje looks to snap a two-fight skid as he lost to Eddie Alvarez before his previous fight.
It’s been documented that the main event of the UFC 223 pay-per-view event went through three official changes.
The UFC attempted to book Khabib Nurmagomedov against Ferguson and Max Holloway in the main event for the lightweight title.
However, Ferguson pulled out due to an injury and Holloway wasn’t able to make weight on short-notice. Thus, they got Al Iaquinta to step in on 24 hours notice and fight Nurmagomedov.
As many believed would happen, it did, Khabib ended up winning the fight along with the undisputed UFC lightweight title.
The reason that Ferguson was unable to make this fight happen and was forced out of the main event is due to the fact that he tore his LCL.
As a result, he had to undergo the knife to correct the injury.It was expected to be on the sidelines for 6-to-9 months while he recovers. However, he has been cleared to make his return to the Octagon.
Ferguson made it clear during a recent interview that he wasn’t impressed by Khabib’s performance at UFC 223.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he recently spoke with Iaquinta, who made it known that he wants to Ferguson come November. Helwani tweeted out the following:
“Just spoke to @ALIAQUINTA. He said he’s finally healthier than he’s been in years. He wants to fight the recently medically cleared @TonyFergusonXT next. Any card in November (MSG, China, TUF Finale ...”) “Can’t stand that guy,” he said.”
This led to Ferguson responding to the statement by writing the following on his official Twitter account:
“Trying Too Hard Kid - Like @MoTownPhenom You Both Had Your Chance & Fucked It Up. You Sell Houses, I Build & Buy Em’ -Take Notes.”
The UFC 230 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.