Al Iaquinta waited for a long time to get his hand raised in victory while competing inside the Octagon.

After recovering from two injuries, Iaquinta finally got his chance, taking a decision over Ryan Couture at UFC 164 this past weekend.

The former Ultimate Fighter runner-up improved to 6-2-1 in his career, stuffing all six of Couture’s takedown attempts.

“Getting my hand raised was the best feeling in the world,” Iaquinta said, in an interview with FightLine. “I had set a goal to win my first fight in the UFC and I had reached it.”

Iaquinta, who trains with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at the Serra-Long gym in New York, added that he will “have to re-evaluate my goals going forward” because his initial goal was a sole UFC victory.

“I have a whole new set to work towards,” he stated.