Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Our Ultimate Fighter presence will be strong on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, as TUF runner-up Al Iaquinta takes on Mitch Clarke at lightweight.
Iaquinta (8-2-1) has posted three straight decision wins since a 2012 submission loss to Michael Chiesa in the finals of TUF 15. That came on the heels of a submission defeat to Pat Audinwood while competing for Ring of Combat. He has since topped Ryan Couture, Piotr Hallmann and Kevin Lee.
Clarke (10-2) ended a two-fight losing streak when he defeated John Maguire last June. He had dropped UFC bouts to Anton Kuivanen and John Cholish after opening his career 9-0.
Round 1: Iaquinta catches a kick and delivers a right hand that sends Clarke flying backwards. Iaquinta in side control and avoids a potential kimura. He has one of Clarke’s arms tied up behind his back and steps right over. Clarke doing a nice job of tying him up, posturing now up is Iaquinta and firing down. Iaquinta not doing a lot of damage from the top, but he’s controlling the action. Working for a possible arm triangle is Iaquinta. Huge pair of rights hands get through the defense of Clarke and Matt Serra screams out encouragement to Iaquinta. Clarke works a single-leg to get to his feet, but surrenders his neck in the process. Clarke tries to walk up the cage to get free, but winds up on his back.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta
Round 2: Front kick from Iaquinta and Clarke comes forward, only to get thrown to his back again. Clarke rolls with a D’arce choke and he chokes him out cold just like that. Incredible. Clarke saw the opening and locked it up in a matter of seconds.
Mitch Clarke def. Al Iaquinta via submission (D’arce choke) at :57 of Round 2