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Wantagh's Al Iaquinta on UFC 159 fight card

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta, right, gets his hand raised

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta, right, gets his hand raised to win a split decision over Myles Jury in the first round of "The Ultimate Fighter Live" tournament in Las Vegas. (March 30, 2012) (Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Al Iaquinta, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter's "TUF Live" season in 2012, has his first UFC fight booked.

The Wantagh-raised Iaquinta will fight Joe Proctor, a teammate of his on "TUF Live," at UFC 159 on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Since losing in the final by first-round submission to Michael Chiesa last June, Iaquinta (5-2-1) underwent knee surgery. The Serra-Longo lightweight has been rehabbing since.

Proctor (8-2, 1-1 UFC) won his bout on the Ultimate Finale undercard that same season, then lost a decision to Ramsey Nijem.

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