Al Iaquinta will return to action for the first time since 2012 when he faces Ryan Couture as part of Saturday’s UFC 164 card from Milwaukee.

For the Serra-Longo fighter, it has been a long, rough grind to get back following health issues.

“I am feeling great right now,” said Iaquinta, in an interview with FightLine recently. “I am amped up and ready to finally get back in the cage.”

Iaquinta (5-2-1) last fought in June of 2012, falling to Michael Chiesa in the finals of the first – and only – season of The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He was expected to return to action vs. Joe Proctor earlier this year, but both fighters were forced to eventually bow out due to knee injuries.

When he gets to the Bradley Center, the New Yorker will have his own former UFC champion in his corner in Matt Serra, one of his main coaches.

“Training is winding down as far as intensity goes and now I’m just concentrating on getting my weight down and staying focused,” he said. “I leave New York and head out to Milwaukee on Tuesday and will be joined by Ray Longo, Matt Serra and Pat DeFranco. They will all be with me and in my corner.”