Al Iaquinta is Happy With New Deal, “Very few people know their worth.”

Al Iaquinta is Happy With New Deal, “Very few people know their worth.”

Not many fighters have been so vocal about how unhappy they are with their UFC contracts after a fight as Al Iaquinta…

“AFTER MY LAST FIGHT IN APRIL, I PUT A NUMBER IN MY HEAD, AND I WASN’T GOING TO FIGHT FOR ANYTHING LESS. THEY ALMOST GOT ME IN DECEMBER. I ACCEPTED A FIGHT AGAINST PAUL FELDER, BUT IT WASN’T THE NUMBER I HAD. I KIND OF RUSHED INTO IT. SO I PULLED OUT OF THAT FIGHT. I STUCK TO MY GUNS. ONE DAY, I GOT ON THE PHONE WITH [UFC MATCHMAKER] SEAN SHELBY AND SAID, ‘LISTEN, USADA IS COMING TO MY OFFICE TO TEST ME. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I SAID I WAS GOING TO PULL MYSELF FROM THE USADA PROGRAM. AND THEY CAME BACK WITH THE NUMBER I WANTED.
I SIGNED A NEW FOUR-FIGHT DEAL. THEY GAVE ME A NEW CONTRACT ON THE SECOND FIGHT OF MY OLD DEAL, I DON’T THINK THEY DO THAT FOR MANY PEOPLE. ALL THESE FIGHTERS KIND OF TAKE WHAT’S GIVEN TO THEM. VERY FEW KNOW THEIR WORTH. I STILL THINK I’M WORTH A LOT MORE, BUT THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
IN THE UFC’S EYES, THIS IS NOT A FOUR-FIGHT DEAL, BECAUSE THEY CAN CUT ME AT ANY TIME,” IAQUINTA SAID. “NOW I CAN WALK AWAY ANY TIME. I GOT WHAT I WANTED FOR THIS FIGHT, AND WHATEVER HAPPENS AFTER THIS IS WHATEVER. I’M ON A ONE-FIGHT CONTRACT EVERY TIME. WHATEVER HAPPENS, IF I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN, I’LL DO IT. BUT I DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS TO PAY MY BILLS. IT’S ENJOYABLE. THAT’S WHY I’M HERE, I’M THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND I JUST NEED A PLATFORM TO PROVE IT,”

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