Jorge Masvidal another step up for Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night
By: Mark La Monica, Newsday
"Al Iaquinta hasn't forgotten what ran through his mind more than two years ago as he lay around with nothing to do except heal his body after fighting three times in 15 days in the live season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.'
"He made himself a promise.
"'As long as I'm healthy,' the Wantagh-raised Iaquinta said, 'I told myself I was going to fight as much as I could.'
"Not even 24 hours after he knocked out Joe Lauzon at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, Iaquinta found his next opponent. Scrolling through his Twitter feed while waiting in the airport for his flight home, Iaquinta saw Benson Henderson had been moved from an April 4 fight to a fight in February. That left Jorge Masvidal without an opponent. That gave Iaquinta an opportunity.
"Iaquinta called his manager and told him he wanted that fight. By the time Iaquinta landed in New York, the fight was just about a done deal. UFC officially announced the bout the following day."
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