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LI's Al Iaquinta makes 'Ultimate Fighter' 15 cast

Mixed martial artist Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will

Mixed martial artist Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will be a contestant on Season 15 of the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter." (Feb. 29, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Old news: Season 15 of "The Ultimate Fighter" will air live on FX beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, March 9.

New news: TUF 15 will feature Wantagh-based fighter Al Iaquinta.

Iaquinta, a former Ring of Combat title contender, will be one of 32 lightweights fighting for a guaranteed contract with the UFC. Iaquinta (5-1-1) lost his last bout by submission to UFC veteran Pat Audinwood in November.

Iaquinta is a part of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, run by former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and his longtime trainer Ray Longo. Other Serra-Longo fighters already in the UFC include Chris Weidman and Constantinos Philippou.

Here are all 32 contestants for TUF 15, half of whom will be gone after the first night:

Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England
Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs, MO
James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.
John Cofer, Hull, Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool, England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.


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