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UFC 156: Benavidez outlasts McCall

Joseph Benavidez speaks during the UFC 152 pre-fight

(Credit: AP)

In his first 19 professional MMA bouts, Joseph Benavidez has three losses -- two against Dominick Cruz and one against Demetrious Johnson.

Cruz is the current UFC bantamweight champion, and Johnson beat Benavidez to win the UFC flyweight title. Two of those losses were via split decision in five-round fights.

Not too shabby of a resume, right?

Benavidez added to it with a unanimous...

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Wantagh's Al Iaquinta on UFC 159 fight card

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

(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...

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