Al Iaquinta Reflects On His Time Inside The TUF House

Al Iaquinta would be the first to tell you that he wasn’t 100-percent sold on the initial idea of The Ultimate Fighter.

Iaquinta had obviously heard stories from others about all the shenanigans that went down on past seasons, and likely questioned if he would be able to remain focused on the job at hand.

Well, Iaquinta took the jump and what resulted was a run to the finals of the 15th season. The Serra-Longo fighter was defeated by Michael Chiesa, and is currently working his way back from surgery on his knee.

I would definitely recommend (going on TUF) to other fighters! I went into the house not knowing what to expect, so I just expected the worst. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Everyone that I roomed with, and everyone in the house, were real cool. There weren’t any real big arguments or fights in the house, which was great considering we were in a stressful situation to begin with.

Iaquinta was paired with Andy Ogle, Daron Cruickshank, Cristiano Marcello and Chris Saunders on the show.

Urijah Faber made Iaquinta his No. 1 pick on the show, which was debuting its live format. He earned the first win for Faber, defeating Myles Jury via decision. Iaquinta was paired with his roommate, Ogle, in the quarters, which he won via TKO.

A semifinal win over Vinc Pichel placed Iaquinta in the finale against Chiesa.

The training on the show was awesome. Everyday I was training with eight of the top 155-pound prospects in the world. We also had Team Alpha Male guys training with us every day. The coaches were awesome.

Iaquinta doesn’t know when his knee will be healed, but did say the UFC is likely to give him another chance to secure his first career Octagon victory.

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