UFC lightweight veteran and 15 Ultimate Fighter final Al Iaquinta is leaning towards retirement after losing his third consecutive octagon.
Iaquinta who stopped Bobby Green in UFC 268, announced “That’s what I was thinking, man,” on his Call Me Al video podcast, adding a career of hard training and his actions in the most recent game showing him can’t play anymore.
“That’s the way to go out,” he said. “I mean, obviously you want to win, but it’s not worth it, man. You have seen Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje battle. Those guys, they beat each other. That’s not worth it.
“Honestly, I don’t know. It was the first fight that I really gave up. He didn’t knock me unconscious, and I turned around and I covered up. I’m still sober; I know what I’m doing. But I just want out. That is so that. I realized he hit me hard – probably not going to be a good night for me. I’m not confident in my preparation, in my cardio, in my wrestling.
“These guys are training hard. These guys are training three times a day, twice a day, really hard. My body can’t take it anymore. It was the first time in my career that I gave up in a battle. ”
Iaquinta did not appear to officially announce his retirement after his 15th UFC appearance. However, the 34-year-old boxer has turned to a second career in real estate and touts the benefits of using his celebrity to sell properties.
At 1-4 in his last five appearances, Iaquinta’s performance began with a very brief title fight at UFC 223 against the now-retired champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta has received critical acclaim for his brave performance and late mutation. But in subsequent appearances, he lost on the scorecard twice after recovering to the one-time interim title challenger Kevin Lee, and the loss to Green marked the first time in his 12-year professional career that was halted due to a strike.
An outspoken figure outside the octagon, Iaquinta has repeatedly clashed with the UFC over pay issues, and he served as secretary and treasurer of the upstart Project Spearhead, aiming to forge a negotiated settlement. collective between fighters and UFC.
Iaquinta’s UFC record is 9-6. He debuted in the octagon after reaching the final on TUF 15, losing in submission to the winner Michael Chiesa.
https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/11/18/22790524/al-iaquinta-indicates-hell-retire-after-suffering-third-straight-ufc-loss-this-sh-ts-not-worth-it Al Iaquinta says he will retire after suffering third straight loss at UFC: ‘This isn’t worth it’