Al Iaquinta asks fans to say a prayer for Sage Northcutt, turns his focus to a top contender scrap
“Raging” Al Iaquinta returned to the octagon after a two-year hiatus last month, putting together a spectacular performance which saw him knockout former division title challenger Diego SanchezUFC Fight Night 108 Results: Al Iaquinta KO’s Diego Sanchez (VIDEO) in the very first-round at UFC Nashville.
The victory served as Iaquinta’s fifth in a row as he had previously scored TKO wins over Rodrigo Damm, Joe Lauzon and Ross Pearson, while also earning a split-decision victory over Jorge Masvidal.
After being snubbed for a “performance of the night” bonus following his starching of Sanchez, Iaquinta put the UFC, Reebok and some of his fellow fighters on blast.
One of the fighters Iaquinta targeted was Sage Northcutt, who has received a ton of support and marketing from the promotion since joining the UFC ranks in 2015.
Iaquinta challenged the UFC to put “Super” Sage inside the octagon with him this summer, however Northcutt is apparently unable to participate in the proposed fight due to having his tonsils removed.
“Everyone say a prayer Sage Northcutt got his tonsils out.”
“That’s why he won’t fight me July 22 (in Long Island)”
Obviously Al Iaquinta is due for a much tougher challenge than Sage Northcutt given the fighters current rankings and respective records.
Northcutt has gone 1-2 over his past three fights, suffering submission losses to Bryan Barberena and Mickey Gall in that time.
Since a fight with Northcutt appears to be off the table, “Raging” has turned his attention to top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson.
“So I’ll just have to beat the fuck out of Tony Ferguson.”
“El Cucuy” is currently riding an ultra impressive nine fight win streak, with his most recent victory coming over former division title holder Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.
Ferguson was slated to meet fellow contender Khabib Nurmagomedov at March’s UFC 209 event – in a bout that would have crowned the promotions interim lightweight champion, but unfortunately for fight fans “The Eagle” was forced to pullout due to illness.
Tony was briefly linked to a potential showdown with former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz for UFC 213, but “The Stockton Slugger” failed to come to terms with the UFC on a deal.
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