Following his win at UFC Milwaukee this past weekend, Al Iaquinta made sure Conor McGregor knew his position in the pecking order of the UFC Lightweight division and his ambitions to have a rematch vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.
On Saturday in Milwaukee, Iaquinta defeated Kevin Lee for the second time in his career via unanimous decision after five rounds of action.
This was Raging Al's first UFC win in over a year, as he previously fought and lost against Khabib at UFC 223 earlier this year, allowing the Russian to win the UFC Lightweight Championship in the process.
Now he's back to winning ways, Al sent out a clear message to one of the main stars of UFC's Lightweight division in McGregor, stating where the Irishman stands in the pecking order for another shot vs Khabib.
He said, via MMA Fighting: “If Conor thinks he’s getting a rematch before me, I think that’s some nonsense."
Iaquinta was ineligible to win the UFC Lightweight title when he fought vs Khabib at UFC 223 back in April due to his weight entering the fight, but now he feels more entitled to a title fight than McGregor.
McGregor lost to Khabib at UFC 229 earlier this year as he submitted to the neck crank in the fourth round of their contest back in October.
With this in mind, Raging Al believes if McGregor wants to face Khabib again, he's going to have to face him inside the Octagon first.
He said: “I’m the guy who if he wants to get a rematch, I’m the guy. No immediate rematch for him, he tapped out. I took it like man on a week’s notice, he had all the time in the world to prepare, and he wanted a way out.”
He finished his McGregor rant by saying: “I’m the f***ing guy in this division.”
It would be great to see Iaquinta vs McGregor inside the Octagon as a decider for Khabib's next challenger. It would be one of the biggest fights on the UFC calendar in 2019 if it takes place.
However, questions must be asked about Conor's motivation for this fight since he's in a much better financial situation than Al. McGregor would rather fight for legacy than money at this stage of his career.