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Al Iaquinta's office life

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo MMA in Garden City the day before leaving to be a contestant on Season 15 of the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter." (Feb. 29, 2012) (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 26-year-old Wantagh resident said. "This is how I’ve always lived."

Iaquinta's office is in Manchester, England, this Saturday as he steps into the Octagon for his second UFC fight since reaching the final on Season 15 of "The Ultimate Fighter" in June 2012. He fights Piotr Hallman at UFC Fight Night, headlined by Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz.

Iaquinta's bout airs live with the other prelims on beginning at noon EDT.

"I need to succeed doing this to be able to keep this lifestlye," said Iaquinta, who trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra. "There really is no other way for me, that’s why I'm so motivated and work so hard. People would dream to be doing what I'm doing. I can’t believe some fighters get bored with it.

Tags: al iaquinta , ufc , ufc fight night , long island , ray longo , matt serra

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