Al Iaquinta earned his second consecutive last month when he bested Piotr Hallman in England.
Iaquinta, who had never competed outside of the U.S. before, had little trouble adjusting to the overseas travel that came with fighting Hallman.
“It was a little different,” he said, during a recent interview with FightLine, “but I adjusted to the situation fine. I tried to workout the day I arrived in Manchester; it was an absolutely terrible workout.
“Before I left for Manchester I was in awesome shape, so I knew I was just exhausted from the trip. I just needed a lot of rest and I would be fine.”
After defeating Ryan Couture for his initial UFC victory, Iaquinta didn’t want to wait around for his next fight. He agreed to face Anthony Njokuani was a replacement, but Njokuani was injured.
The change in opponent to Hallman didn’t cause him any issues, as the Ultimate Fighter runner-up said “nothing really surprised me about the fight. Everything went pretty much as expected.”
One thing, though, continues to haunt him when it comes to fighting inside the Octagon: Bruce Buffer’s announcing of his name.
“Bruce always figures out a different way to say my name wrong,” Iaquinta joked.
While he missed out on facing Njokuani once, Iaquinta is hoping the UFC looks to pair them up again in the near future.
“Njokuani is a veteran who I’ve been watching pretty much since I started MMA,” he said. “Training for him, I knew I would have to be at my very best to beat him. I had some great training sessions when I was preparing for him.
“(But) I’m really down to fight whoever the UFC wants me to. I just want to stay active.”
Check back later this week to hear more from Iaquinta, including his thoughts on training partner Chris Weidman’s upcoming rematch with Anderson Silva and his first UFC experience as a youngster.