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Al Iaquinta Contemplates Retirement Following UFC 268 Loss: ‘I’m Thinking That’s It’

Longtime UFC lightweight contender, ‘Ragin’ Al Iaquinta has confirmed that he is contemplating hanging up his gloves from professional mixed martial arts, off the back of an opening round knockout defeat to Bobby Green at UFC 268 earlier this month.

Iaquinta, a staple of Serra-Longo Fight Team, suffered his third consecutive professional loss last time out against fellow veteran, Green — as well as suffering the first knockout loss of his professional career.

The 34-year-old had made his first outing since a UFC 243 loss to Dan Hooker in 2019, which followed a UFC Fight Night Ottawa main event defeat against Donald Cerrone where the pair earned Fight of the Night honors.

Speaking with Aaron Weinbaum on his podcast Call Me Al’ podcast, Iaquinta confirmed that he was contemplating closing the chapter on his professional mixed martial arts career following his knockout defeat to Green earlier this month.

Fighting again?” Iaquinta said. “I’m thinking that’s it, man. I’m thinking that’s it. That’s the way to go out. Obviously, you want to go out with a win, but this sh*t is not worth it. You saw Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje fight, those guys, they beat the hell out of each other. That wasn’t worth it.

The New York fan-favorite claimed that he more or less wanted out of the fight immediately after feeling the power of Green at Madison Square Garden, as well as detailing how he was not happy with his pre-fight preparation.

To be honest with you, I don’t know, it was the first fight that I really gave up in,” Iaquinta explained. “He didn’t knock me unconscious. I turned, and I covered up. I was still conscious, I knew what I was doing, but I kind of just wanted out. I realized he hit me hard, and it probably wasn’t gonna be a good night for me. I was not confident in my preparation. In my cardio, my wrestling. These guys are training hard. These guys are training three times a day, two times a day, really hard. My body just can’t hold up to that anymore. It was the first time in my career, ever, that I gave up in a fight.

In his most recent career victory, Iaquinta scored a second career victory against former interim lightweight title challenger, Kevin Lee — adding to prior career successes against Diego Sanchez, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson, Piotr Hallmann, and Ryan Couture.

Iaquinta famously accepted a short-notice UFC 223 headliner against former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov back in April 2018 — dropping a unanimous decision loss to the undefeated Dagestan native.

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