“Raging Al” may possibly need a new nickname so on.
The 31-year-old lightweight contender continued his winning ways at UFC on FOX 3 1 in Milwaukee, picking up his second inaugural conclusion nod over Kevin Lee afterwards doing the same at UFC 169 nearly five decades ago.
Lots has changed since then. The very first Lee fight was only Iaquinta’s Octagon appearance and now he ’so gone onto have an amazing career, winning six of his last seven fights including a five-round battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223. During that stretch, Iaquinta has dealt with the perception that he’s a little of a loose cannon, as well as injuries and people spats with UFC administration.
For one evening , his trainer Ray Longo saw much of the persona kept in order.
Which has to be good news for fans of those proud New Yorker that signed a new contract earlier this season after heavily criticizing his companies in 20 17. As stated by Iaquinta, officials ruled him ineligible to collect fight night performance bonuses punishment for not attending a fighter summit in Las Vegas, and that was only 1 case of his own problems with the way a UFC treats its athletes.
There was not any indication of the rebellious attitude in Milwaukee, which pleased Longo. In particular, he thinks Iaquinta’s relationship with match-maker Sean Shelby has gone a very long way to mending wounds.
“I texted Sean Shelby, Sean did a great job for this guy because trust me, they go forth and back, it’s craziness,” Longo said. “Nevertheless, it almost is craziness to the idea of comedy, but Sean really stayed the course for this guy. He believed . He loves Al’s dad and that I think they’t got a excellent working relationship. I expect that stays the route because that required a while, those guys were straight back and on and each of the crap.
“by the very end of the afternoon, Al just wanted to feel as though he was valued and he never let anybody down together along with his performances. He comes to fight, therefore that I think they found the perfect thing today and it just progresses out out. ”
Injuries also have been a concern for Iaquinta on the previous few years even though Longo wouldn’t go so much as to say that his fighter will be 100 per cent healthy ahead, he feels confident that they’ve “seen a recipe to work-around ” any health dangers and he praised Iaquinta for being together with his rehab.
Reminded of this infamous April 2015 episode that saw Iaquinta fire at a booing crowd after winning a split decision over Jorge Masvidal — the afternoon that “Raging Al” was truly born — Longo could only laugh and marvel at how much better Iaquinta reaches controlling his emotions now. He also stopped the Lee fight with a flurry, but was able to nearly immediately calm himself and handle his post-fight duties.
You’t got to have the ability to change it on and turn off it,” Longo said. “you can’t walk round like a lunatic 24 hours daily, which means you have to understand how to truly bring it on at a moment and get rid of it at a moment.
“He was raging for the last ten minutes of the fight he then went back — you don’t want that lunatic onto the mic. … This was shortly after screaming in his facethe exact same Al, together along with his hands down, without the respect for whatever this guy could throw at him. This ’therefore the stuff movies are made out of, I think that’s gonna survive forever. ”
Even the Nurmagomedov fight might have been a big turning point for Iaquinta, not only because he went 25 minutes with the recent UFC lightweight winner, but because of the situation resulting in that fight.
Next was featherweight winner Max Holloway who dared to fight Nurmagomedov on short notice, but during fight week it was determined that Holloway would not have the ability to safely make the cut to 155 lbs in those circumstances.
That meant Iaquinta, that was originally scheduled to fight Paul Felder, was asked to measure up to face Nurmagomedov instead and he did so reluctantly in defeat. Longo wasn’t amazed by the movement, given what he is aware of Iaquinta’s approach to his livelihood.
“Here’SA young child who only really wanted to get paid due to his performances,” Longo said. “This ’s all. He always explained, ‘I only would like to go inside, feel good in everything I’m making, and also invite Sean Shelby. ’ This ’so he was telling me.
“Here’SA young child that never lets anybody down into the spotlight. Inside his primary event performances he always comes through, ” he always fights his heart — in the Khabib fight, they’d be fighting, both of them, both of those guys could haven’t ceased fighting that fight. Nobody was about to quit and that I think that’s mindset that you would like in a boxer. ”