Not many fighters have been so vocal about how unhappy they are with their UFC contracts after a fight as Al Iaquinta has been after his last few fights. But it sounds like “Ragin'” Al has negotiated…
“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,”