Al Iaquinta hasn’t fought now since April, 2015, and it looks like it could be a while longer, before fans see him back in the Octagon again.
The powerful lightweight was expected to face Thiago Alves at UFC 205, November 12th in NYC. But recently Iaquinta informed FOX Sports that he elected to not sign the contract for the bout, since according to the lightweight, it constitutes a pay cut.
“…I felt like it wasn’t right. I talked to my manager, I said listen I really want to fight in New York,” said Iauqinta. “There’s nothing I want to do more than fight in New York, but I can’t take a pay cut for this fight.
“I’m taking a pay cut from all of my sponsors. I’m taking a pay cut of all the last 18 months of the sponsors that could have been. I told (my manager) that I wanted more. I wanted to have a conversation with the UFC and see if they would do some kind of negotiation because when I signed my contract, there was no Reebok deal.”
Compounding the issue, according to Iaquinta, is the fact that he’s coming off knee surgery and can’t afford to risk another serious injury, for that amount of money. Iaquinta also works as a trainer and a real estate agent. In addition, the UFC has reportedly revoked his eligibility for a fight night bonus, for his next three fights, due to three previous infractions (the most recent being that he missed the Fighter Summit due to illness, but after he posted photos of himself on the beach, UFC officials were reportedly upset by that fact…).
So, Iaquinta is just the latest fighter as of late to call for more money. In recent weeks, the likes of TJ Dillashaw, Luke Rockhold, Nate Diaz, and Georges St-Pierre among others, have raised the issue of fighter compensation in some fashion.
UFC 205 will be hosted by NYC’s iconic Madison Square Garden.