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Al Iaquinta Replaces Paul Taylor, Will Fight Anthony Njokuani At UFC FN 30

Al Iaquinta Replaces Paul Taylor, Will Fight Anthony Njokuani At UFC FN 30

Al Iaquinta has agreed to replace Paul Taylor and face Anthony Njokuani this October at UFC Fight Night 30.

Iaquinta, coming off a win over Ryan Couture, recently talked with FightLine about the chance to get back into the Octagon quickly.

After falling in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter, Iaquinta (6-2-1) was forced to sit on the sidelines for several months due to injury. He returned in August and earned a decision victory over Couture for his first UFC win.

“We were talking about staying in shape and being ready for the call. It just so happened that night I got the call while watching the new episode of The Ultimate Fighter,” Iaquinta said. “I would really like to fight as much as possible. I had a long layoff after TUF and I have a lot of time to make up.”

Iaquinta also talked about the importance of facing a fighter with the resume of Njokuani (16-7), who has gone 3-3 in six UFC bouts.

“A win over Anthony would put me on the map for sure,” Iaquinta stated. “He is a well known guy in the division that has fought some of the toughest guys at 155.”

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