Wantagh's Al Iaquinta to fight at UFC 173

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta survived a tight choke hold to beat Kevin Lee by unanimous decision at UFC 169 inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Videojournalists: Robert Cassidy, Mark La Monica (Feb. 1, 2014)

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Al Iaquinta shares a gym, trainer and jiu-jitsu instructor with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Now, he'll share space in the same UFC program.

Iaquinta, from Wantagh, takes his three-fight win streak to Las Vegas to fight lightweight Mitch Clarke at UFC 173 on May 24 at the MGM Grand. Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout.

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Iaquinta trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra, the same guys who guided Weidman to a pair of wins over Anderson Silva in 2013. Weidman will defend his title for the second time at UFC 173 against Vitor Belfort.

Iaquinta (8-2, 3-1 UFC) last fought at UFC 169 in Super Bowl weekend, winning a unanimous decision over Kevin Lee. He fought out of a rear naked choke submission attempt in what was a very similar situation to when he lost to Michael Chiesa in "The Ultimate Fighter Live" finale in June 2012.

Clarke (10-2, 1-2) last fought in June 2013, beating John Maguire by unanimous decision.

 

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