Al Iaquinta made headlines earlier this week by telling both the UFC and Dana White off, but Michael Bisping is advising the lightweight to put the brakes on his verbal attacks.
Iaquinta has let it be known for quite sometime now that he doesn’t believe he gets paid enough by the UFC, and after he took out Diego Sanchez last weekend, he repeated that sentiment. The heavy handed fighter was also upset by the fact the UFC didn’t give him a fight night bonus, and he also blasted White for comments the UFC boss man made about UFC 208.
“… Listen, I like Al Iaquinta, I really do, I like the way he fights, he is very exciting, he’s a knockout artist and brings a lot to the table, but he’s not being the smartest man right now. He’s really not. He’s saying he can go off and become a real estate agent and make more money. The fact is you can’t, there is more money to be made in UFC and it’s as simple as that. Period. Al has the potential to be one of those guys and he has the potential to be a champion and make it to the money and be a fan favorite. But, going up against the UFC and saying, ‘Fuck you Dana’ and stuff like that, it’s just not smart. And I’m not saying you have to be an ass kisser, you don’t have to be, but in any line of work, and this will endear him to some people … and it’s fun to see people go on a rampage and go against the system; but think a little bit and don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Speak your mind, be honest, but you don’t have to go too crazy.”
Now, some might argue that since Iaquinta has a real estate business on the side, then he’s in a good position to speak his mind about compensation issues. The logic being that he doesn’t in fact need the UFC to “feed” him. Of course, others have already argued that Iaquinta shouldn’t have signed his contract, if he was unhappy about the terms. Although, Iaquinta has also blasted the Reebok deal for its adverse impact on how much he’s earning.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Iaquinta, no question. Especially since the New York fighter is coming off one of his most impressive wins to date.