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Al Iaquinta, in a suit, on TV, in a commercial

Al Iaquinta defeats Kevin Lee at UFC 169

(Credit: Mario Gonzalez)

Most UFC fans who live outside the Long Island area first were introduced to Al Iaquinta shirtless or wearing headgear to protect his ears on "The Ultimate Fighter Live" (Season 15) back in 2012.

Two years and three straight UFC wins later, the Wantagh-based Iaquinta can be seen wearing a suit and delivering the closing line in a new commercial alongside Serra-Longo teammate and middleweight...

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Al Iaquinta's office life

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

(Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)

Al Iaquinta wakes up in the morning and goes to work. Througout the day, he works. At night, he works.

But his job is a bit different. His "business casual" attire is a rash guard and board shorts.

The life of an MMA fighter does indeed have its perks . . . when someone isn't punching them in the face or kicking them in the ribs.

“I cant imagine working a 9-5," the...

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LI's Al Iaquinta has new opponent for UFC Fight Night

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will be a contestant

(Credit: David Pokress)

Last week, Wantagh's Al Iaquinta was tabbed to replace the injured Paul Taylor in a fight against Anthony Njokuani scheduled for UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, next month.

This week, it is Njokuani who had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Iaquinta, a Team Serra-Longo fighter, will now face Piotr Hallman in a lightweight bout that same night.

Iaquinta (6-2-1,...

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UFC 164 phantom cam highlights

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

(Credit: David Pokress)

Enjoy this edition of phantom cam highlights from Fox's super slo-mo camera at UFC 164, embedded below.

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta (pictured above) is featured in the early portion of the video. He beat Ryan Couture by unanimous decision.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at

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Al Iaquinta to fight Ryan Couture at UFC 164

Mixed Martial Artist Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will

(Credit: David Pokress)

After an injury prevented Al Iaquinta from fighting last April, the Wantagh-based lightweight will take advantage of another fighter's injury to continue his career in the UFC's octagon.

Iaquinta will replace Quinn Mulhern at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisc., against Ryan Couture. Mulhern injured his hand and had to pull out of the Aug. 31 card.

A finalist on "The Ultimate Fighter Live"...

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Long Island's influx on the UFC

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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Long Island's closest UFC title contender, Chris Weidman, remains on the shelf as he rehabs from a shoulder injury. But as Weidman continues his way back to the middleweight division and a possible fight with champion Anderson Silva, plenty of other local fighters have UFC fights scheduled in the next two months. Here's a quick rundown: Featherweight Dennis Bermudez (Lindenhurst) will fight Matt...

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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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