Al Iaquinta has been turning plenty of heads throughout MMA as of late, but Jorge Masvidal clearly doesn’t believe he’s done enough to earn a fight with him on April 4th.
The #13 ranked Masvidal was originally booked to fight former champ, and #5 positioned Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 63, but the latter was moved to face Brandon Thatch on February 14th. Following Iaquinta’s stoppage win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 183, which moved the New York fighter into the #15 ranking, he was tapped to fight Masvidal.
The latter may have agreed to the match-up, but based off what he told MMA Junkie.com recently, he’s not happy about it.
“He’s taking a couple steps up and I’m taking a few steps back,” Masvidal said. “The kid’s talented and all, but I’ve got no business fighting this guy, you know? People are making a big deal because he beat Joe Lauzon. Welcome to the club, man. I kicked that dude’s ass eight years ago.”
Wow. Not sure Lauzon’s boosters will care for Masvidal’s comments here, but “Gamebred” has never been shy about sharing what he thinks.
One of the reasons Masvidal is likely annoyed by the situation, is because the #3 ranked Donald Cerrone relayed on Twitter that he was willing to face the lightweight on April 4th. The UFC, however, must have different plans for “Cowboy”.
“He agreed and I agreed a while back,” Masvidal said, while discussing Cerrone’s willingness to face him. “Usually if you’ve got two ranked fighters that want to fight each other – especially guys like me and him that are just going to fight – usually it happens…I don’t know what’s going on. Somebody that makes the higher decisions doesn’t want that fight going down for some reason.”
Well, regardless of the rankings implications for Masvidal, on paper, his bout with Iaquinta should be a doozy. If Iaquinta can score another win, then 2015 could certainly be a breakout year for the heavy handed fighter.
UFC FN 63 will be hosted by the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, and in the main event, Chad Mendes will battle fellow featherweight contender, Ricardo Lamas.