After violent UFC 218 finish of Charles Oliveira, Paul Felder still welcomes Al Iaquinta next

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DETROIT – At first Paul Felder wasn’t exactly happy about fellow lightweight Al Iaquinta pulling out of their fight.

But after beating replacement Charles Oliveira (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) in violent fashion on Saturday’s featured prelim at UFC 218, Felder (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) still thinks Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) would be a great opponent – even if he’s still unsure as to why he withdrew from their meeting in the first place.

“I know his knee has been an issue for a really long time,” Felder said after his FS1-televised bout at UFC 218, which took place at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. “But I think he was just busy selling houses. And I’m not saying that in a disrespectful way. He said in an interview, he’s like, ‘Look, this is a guy that, if I’m going to fight him, I’m going to go full out, and I want to be fully prepared.’

“And I took that as a sign of respect. Maybe with more time. Maybe if we say spring or summer and build it up, maybe me and him could kind of co-headline or headline something, and I think that’s something people can get behind.”

This could be a tough one to put together, considering a recent chat with B.J. Penn Radio had Iaquinta, who also discussed his withdrawal from UFC 218, questioning his very future as an MMA fighter. But a tweet that “Raging” threw directly at Felder today showed that at least he’s aware of his peer’s interest – until he deleted it.

While his UFC future has yet to be determined, Felder can celebrate a pretty impressive present. The second-round knockout of Oliveira rounded out a perfect UFC year for Felder, who knocked out all of his three opponents while earning two “Performance of the Night” bonuses in the process.

The beautifully violent finish, though, didn’t come easy. First, it involved getting out of a tight D’Arce choke that, worsened by an “idiotic” mistake in trying to escape, had Felder concerned.

“For a minute there, I was like, ‘I’m going to get choked out,’” Felder said.

After gasping for air, though, Felder was able to escape. And the risk he took in staying on the ground with the grappling-savvy Oliveira paid off later, when he unleashed some hellish elbows to prompt a stoppage in the second round of the lightweight encounter.

But it wasn’t exactly all smooth sailing there, either, and Felder found himself in the unpleasant position of having to keep punishing an opponent who he had felt tapping.

“Me and (referee Dan Miragliotta) were just talking about it,” Felder said. “He saw (the tap) too, but he thought he was saying like, ‘Wow, nice shot.’ Hey, in the heat of the moment – I’m doing my job. You guys saw me pause for a second. And then he’s still there, and the fight’s not over. And you better believe I’m not stopping until somebody pulls me off. I couldn’t believe how many more I got off before the fight was stopped. …

“On camera, it probably looks like it’s about 0.1 of a second but, for me, it feels like 10 seconds of me being like, ‘Is it going to be over?’”

Felder’s year in the octagon is most likely over, but he’s not off the hook with the UFC just yet. After spending some time with his daughter, whom he paid homage to with an adorable Peppa Pig mouthguard on Saturday, the lightweight will be in the commentary booth for next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 123.

To hear Felder’s full chat with reporters, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Paul Felder questions Al Iaquinta's ranking: '(Expletive) or get off the pot'

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Paul Felder thinks a fighter’s schedule and activity – or lack thereof – should play a bigger part in MMA rankings.

This past month, Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), a veteran UFC lightweight who also called the action as part of this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 coverage, lost his original UFC 218 opponent, Al Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who was replaced by Charles Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC).

The fight takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, and it closes out the FS1-televised prelims that precede the night’s pay-per-view main card. It’s a high-profile slot for Felder, but with the loss of Iaquinta, he thinks he’s also losing an opportunity.

Felder, who’s on a 4-1 run following recent knockout wins over Alessandro Ricci and Stevie Ray, isn’t ranked in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, nor is he in the top 15 on the official UFC.com list. Neither is Oliveira. However, Iaquinta, who’s fought just once since April 2015 (a knockout win over Diego Sanchez), is on both lists: No. 14 and No. 10, respectively.

“I was really pissed,” Felder told MMAjunkie prior to the release of this week’s updated rankings. “Iaquinta’s No. 11 (on the UFC.com list), and he’s been sitting at the top of that division for a while, and who have you beaten recently to be holding that spot? There’s a whole bunch of us busting our asses to fight guys to get that number next to our names.

“I think he either needs to (expletive) or get off the pot. Hang up the gloves and sell real estate, or fight.”

Felder has won “Performance of the Night” bonuses in his two recent wins, but the 33-year-old knows that winning impressively is only part of the equation; he also likely needs to beat ranked opposition to climb the ranks himself. That knowledge is at the center of his frustration with Iaquinta, who had a lengthy contract dispute with the UFC before his return to the cage in April.

“I still don’t know all the details about what he even hurt,” Felder said. “At first I thought he was playing games again and pulled out. Does anybody know what’s hurt? Nobody has. I don’t know if it’s true or not. If he’s really hurt, then obviously I’ll eat my word. But come on, man. I don’t see him training or anything. There’s no posts. It sucks.

“But hey, Charles Oliveira, I’ve been watching him forever. He’s back at lightweight, and it’s a dangerous fight. Beating a guy like him gets me closer to the top 15, if not in there.”

So, for now, Felder remains focused on the silver lining. Oliveira is a solid opponent, and it’s also brought a new dynamic to Felder’s training camp – and also a possible threat.

“His standup is very traditional Brazilian muay Thai,” Felder said of Oliveira. “That’s been more fun to train for that style. As far as the standup portion of training camp, that’s been more exciting. Obviously the grappling got more intense.

“(But) the only way I plan on going to the ground is putting him on his ass and hitting him.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Al Iaquinta out, Charles Oliveira in against Paul Felder at UFC 218

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An injury has scratched Al Iaquinta from UFC 218, and Charles Oliveira is in to face fellow lightweight Paul Felder at UFC 218.

MMAjunkie confirmed the news with multiple people close to negotiations after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The people asked to remain anonymous because the news had not been made public.

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) are expected to headline the FS1-televised prelims.

Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, was set to make his return after a successful UFC comeback. After a one-year layoff due to an injury and contract squabble with the promotion, he knocked out veteran Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108 in April.

In his place goes Oliveira, a 28-year-old Brazilian who recently rebounded from a 1-3 skid to submit former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks in the first round at UFC 210.

Felder, meanwhile, hopes to make it three in a row after recent knockout wins over Alessandro Ricci and Stevie Ray.

Like Oliveira, 32-year-old Felder is looking to enter the division’s top 15.

The latest UFC 218 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta added to UFC 218 in Detroit

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An 11th fight has been added to UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

UFC officials told the Free Press on Thursday that lightweight Al Iaquinta will take on Paul Felder as part of the undercard.

Iaquinta (13–3–1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is coming off a first-round knockout win vs. Diego Sanchez in April. He has won his five most recent UFC fights and has a 9-2 record in UFC-sanctioned fights. The 30-year-old fighter hails from Garden City, New York.

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), known as “The Irish Dragon,” enters with a 14-3 record, including a recent knockout win in the first round against Stevie Ray in July. The 33-year-old Philadelphia native is 6-3 in UFC fights.

UFC 218 is the first MMA event for theLittle Caesars Arena, but it’s not the first time a UFC fight has originated from the area. “The Motor City” hosted UFC 9 on May 17, 1996, at Cobo Arena, while the Palace of Auburn Hills hosted UFC 123 on Nov. 20, 2010.

With the addition to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee, Ray Borg and UFC 216's losing fighters?

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UFC 216 will go down as event to forget for some, because all four main card losers were put away in the distance on the pay-per-view lineup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the opening between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush went to a draw, each subsequent fight saw the loser forced to tap out, including Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in his interim lightweight title headlining bout with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) as well Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in his first UFC title bout with Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC).

Prior to the championship bouts, Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were put away by there respective opponents in less than three minutes each.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 216’s losing fighters.

* * * *

Kalindra Faria

Should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member
Why they should fight: Faria’s UFC debut came under less than ideal circumstances. After being booked or short notice then having her opponent switched on even shorter notice, the Brazilian fell short against Mara Romero Borella with a first-round submission loss.

Faria is one of the most established veterans of the women’s flyweight division, and although the UFC debut didn’t go her way, she’s still a promising member of the organization’s newest weight class.

The Brazilian would have liked her octagon career to begin under better circumstances, but Faria will certainly get another chance to prove herself. The infancy of the 125-pound division makes it difficult to judge who her next fight should be, but a matchup with someone who does well on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the division’s inaugural champion, would be fitting.

Walt Harris

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: Opportunity knocked and Harris answered, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to charge through the door. After Derrick Lewis fell off the card just before it was scheduled to begin, Harris stepped in to take on a huge task in Fabricio Werdum. To the surprise of almost no one, it didn’t go his way.

Harris had never fought anyone close to Werdum’s caliber, and it showed. He was quickly taken down and submitted within 65 seconds. Instead of getting down on a high-profile loss, though, “The Big Ticket” took it all as a learning experience to get better.

Before the last-minute scramble Harris was booked to fight Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the card. It would be fair to both sides to put that matchup back together considering both men put in an entire training camp for each other but never got to put it to use.

Ray Borg

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Borg should fight Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should rematch Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC globetrotter Paul Felder wants U.S. fight (and Kevin Lee or Al Iaquinta would do fine)

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UFC lightweight Paul Felder’s most recent octagon outings involved trips to Brazil, Canada and Scotland. They also involved, respectively, meeting a Brazilian, a Canadian and a Scotsman.

With that in mind, one can see where Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)  is coming from with this simple request for his next fight.

“I would like to fight in the United States, and there are quite a few cards coming up,” Felder told MMAjunkie Radio. “These Japan cards and all – they’re a little soon. As cool as that would be – I’d go there as a guest fighter. But right now I want to fight on my own country.”

In fairness, Felder should have a few goodwill chips stored with the promotion at this point. Not only is he coming off big back-to-back wins – both involving first-round elbow brutality – but he’s also proven to be valuable outside of the cage, with his current role as an analyst for Dana White’s Contender Series.

Fresh off his “Performance of the Night” knockout of Stevie Ray at last month’s UFC Fight Night 113 event, Felder said he’s healthy and somewhat ready to go. The only thing, he says, is the weight – which the lightweight estimates currently sits at around 190 pounds.

With that in mind, he’s eyeing a return between October and December – though, in his typical company man fashion, he could find a way to be ready before should an opportunity arise. And he’s not even making too many demands when it comes to that.

“I’d love a top-15 guy, but I’m not pushing that so much as I just want another exciting fight and another win,” Felder said. “I’m nearing the end of this contract, so a good win puts me in good standing with the UFC to get another big contract coming out and keep going.”

As far as those possible opponents go, Felder is not going around issuing callouts. Mostly, he’s interested in fighters who, like him, have a penchant for exciting striking battles. While he would love to acquiesce to some fan requests, like a meeting with lightweight contender Kevin Lee, he’s also realistic.

“Knowing rankings – I’m not even in the top 15 yet to be getting a shot with a guy like Lee would be – I’d take it, but it would be crazy,” Felder said.

He does have one stylistic dream fight, though. And, should it somehow materialize at UFC 217, set for Nov. 4 in New York City, “The Irish Dragon” probably wouldn’t be mad.

“That fight alone is a fight that I would love to have, with (Al Iaquinta),” Felder said. “Most of the time, any time I’m matched up people are like, ‘This going to be fight of the night.’

“Can you imagine if me and him got matched up at Madison Square Garden? Listen up, UFC. Let’s do it.”

Another scenario that Felder is very comfortable with is UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. That would fit well within his desire to get a fight near his Philadelphia home grounds.

But ultimately, when it comes to Felder, it seems like there’s very little that can’t be negotiated.

“If they gave me like a co-main event, main event overseas, I’m all about it,” Felder said. “I want to be kind of putting my name out there and taking these big spots. I’ll take a main event. I’d love a five-round fight with somebody. I don’t care if it’s literally in their kitchen. I’ll take it. I want to fight five rounds for the UFC before I retire.”

To hear more from Felder, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Justin Gaethje and TUF 25 Finale's other winning fighters?

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Former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje put on another masterpiece of violence on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, living up to the hype in every way imaginable in his main event bout with Michael Johnson.

Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) delivered arguably the most memorable performance of his career when he stopped Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) with strikes in the second round of the lightweight bout, which aired on FS1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Although Gaethje’s victory was the most significant on the card, several others earned important wins, as well, including new “TUF 25: Redemption” champ Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who closed the door on the latest season of the reality series with a submission finish in the co-headliner.

Also on the main card, Drakkar Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Jordan Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) added another tally to their win columns.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale’s winning fighters.

* * * *

Jordan Johnson

Darren Stewart

Should fight: Darren Stewart
Why they should fight: Some intriguing new blood has revealed itself in the UFC lightweight heavyweight in recent months, and Johnson is certainly part of that group after his unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna.

Johnson admitted his performance lacked in significant action, but considering his inexperience in the sport, 15 minutes of hard-fought time in the octagon can’t hurt his development. Johnson brings a solid wrestling pedigree and a growing striking game into his fights, and if he keeps adding to his skillset, there’s a promising future ahead.

The undefeated 28-year-old needs several more fights against a somewhat even level of competition before he gains consideration for a truly noteworthy matchup, and with same number of pro fights, Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would be a fair booking for both.

Brad Tavares

Sam Alvey

Should fight: Winner of Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114
Why they should fight: More than seven years after making his UFC debut, Tavares added a 10th octagon victory to his resume when he defeated fan-favorite Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision.

Tavares was just a step ahead of “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner Theodorou throughout the middleweight bout, and it led to his third victory in his past four fights. The Hawaiian has only lost to notable names throughout his UFC tenure, and even then, he makes his opponents work hard for it.

Still just 29, Tavares has potential to make noise at 185 pounds and has once again put himself in position to do just that. The winner of the UFC Fight Night 114 bout between Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) on Aug. 5 isn’t ranked or on a big winning streak, but he will carry name value, which could help an underrated fighter like Tavares get more attention.

Jared Cannonier

Gokhan Saki

Should fight: Gokhan Saki
Why they should fight: Cannonier did what he was supposed to against an opponent who stepped in as an injury replacement on just three days’ notice when he defeated UFC newcomer Nick Roehrick by third-round TKO.

Cannonier’s vast striking arsenal was way too much for Roehrick to handle with essentially no preparation time. It was an important, confidence-building performance after Cannonier was blown out of the water against Glover Teixeira in his biggest fight to date at UFC 208 in February.

To make things even better, Cannonier came to his post-fight interview with a plan in mind. In an outside-the-box callout, he offered to welcome world renowned kickboxing champion Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who signed with the promotion earlier this year.

The callout was met with instant excitement, and despite the fact Saki has essentially no MMA experience, he said he wants tough fights right away. Cannonier will oblige in exactly the type of fight the Dutch striker wants, and there’s no doubt it would be a fan-pleasing affair. Moreover, Saki said he’s interested.

Drakkar Klose

Alan Patrick

Should fight: Alan Patrick
Why they should fight: The most heated grudge match on the card went in favor of Klose when he surprised highly touted prospect Marc Diakiese with a split-decision win.

There was a ton of tension and trash talk between the competitors prior to their encounter. Most expected it to be another showcase fight for Diakiese, but Klose had other plans and put in a superior work rate to hand the Brit his first career loss.

Klose’s confidence and relentless style will likely aid him to a successful UFC career, and while it’s not to discredit his performance, one of the primary narratives coming out of the fight is whether there was too much hype behind Diakiese.

He should get a chance to prove that’s not the case, though, and in the loaded 155-pound division, there’s no shortage of fighters capable revealing how good Klose really is. Patrick (14-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is coming off consecutive wins and has been tested over his multiple years as a UFC fighter. His mix of his experience and skillset would help further reveal Klose’s ceiling.

Jesse Taylor

Belal Muhammad

Should fight: Belal Muhammad
Why they should fight: Taylor completed the ultimate redemption story when he captured “The Ultimate Fighter 25” crown with a second-round submission of Dhiego Lima to claim a $290,000 prize.

Taylor’s journey from getting kicked off Season 7 of “TUF” just before the finals due to some careless antics to winning Season 25 is well documented, and his journey is nothing short of impressive.

“JT-Money” wants to make his mark on the UFC roster, but in a deep welterweight division it’s not going to be easy. Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) scored a quality decision win over Jordan Mein at UFC 213 the night after Taylor’s performance, and his game would be an interesting test for the latest “TUF” winner.

Justin Gaethje

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gaethje should fight Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Al Iaquinta gives Conor McGregor chance vs. Floyd Mayweather: 'I hope he shocks the world'

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Not too many people are giving UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor a chance against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in their recently announced Aug. 26 encounter.

But the Irishman has found some perhaps surprising support in fellow UFC 155-pounder and resident truth-teller Al Iaquinta. While Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) does agree with the popular opinion that Mayweather (49-0 boxing) will most likely keep his record unblemished, he’s not counting McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) out.

“(McGregor)’s got the ability to surprise a lot of people,” Iaquinta told MMAjunkie Radio. “He’s been doing it since Day 1. I don’t think anyone’s in the position to doubt the guy.

“On the other hand, he’s fighting Floyd, who’s the best of the best. So, defensively, I think (Mayweather) can slow that fight down. He can make it a decision, doesn’t get hit, makes it look easy – doesn’t even really break a sweat kind of thing. I think that’s probably how it goes.”

One of the arguments made in favor of McGregor’s actual shot at winning the match is that Mayweather has a harder time dealing with southpaws – which is McGregor’s case. Iaquinta, however, was there in person to see Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao, also a southpaw, in their 2015 “Fight of the Century.”

So why does Iaquinta think McGregor has a chance?

“The reason I’m giving McGregor a chance is because he’s defied the odds – he’s backed up everything he says,” Iaquinta said. “The first time, you doubt him. The second time, you doubt him. The third time, you know, wherever we’re at right now, he’s talked a lot of (expletive) and he’s backed it up. Honestly, I hope he goes out there and I hope he shocks the world. I hope he does. I think it will be a great story.

“And Floyd Mayweather owes me a couple of grand from that (expletive) ticket I bought. It was the worst fight ever.”

The match between McGregor and Mayweather was announced and detailed this past week, putting an end to months of growing speculation. The two will meet at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, under boxing rules, in a 12-round, 154-pound (super welterweight) affair.

After all the cash that went into a ticket to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao affair, would Iaquinta be willing to do the same to see McGregor try his luck? The answer is no, but he did go from a categorical “not a shot” to a tamer answer upon further reflection.

“I don’t know, though, there’s the shot that McGregor does something big,” Iaquinta said. “You know how crazy that’s going to be? That’s going to be insane. But I’m not going to buy a ticket, no.”

While he’s pulling for his fellow MMA fighter, Iaquinta also knows that Mayweather is the favorite. And he expects this favoritism to grow the further the fight progresses, making McGregor’s chances bigger within the first 15 minutes.

“I think (McGregor)’s got to hit him with a hard left hand pretty early,” Iaquinta said.

But, whatever happens, one thing’s for sure.

“I’m keeping it real,” Iaquinta said. “I think if it goes the way it’s supposed to go, it’s going to be 12 rounds. And who knows if Conor can even go 12 rounds with the guy. He gets a little tired later, gets a little sloppy. But Floyd’s getting up there. He’s never been really a finisher. I don’t know.

“I’ll tell you one thing: I’ll be watching. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be a spectacle.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2470 with Al Iaquinta, Evelyn Rodrigues

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Al Iaquinta and Evelyn Rodrigues.

Iaquinta said he’d back Conor McGregor in his boxing match vs. Floyd Mayweather as a way to support MMA. Brazilian MMA journalist Rodrigues talked about how combat sports fans in her home country have also gotten excited about the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Al Iaquinta and Evelyn Rodrigues

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Al Iaquinta and Evelyn Rodrigues.

Outspoken UFC lightweight Iaquinta recently picked up a knockout win over Diego Sanchez. Rodrigues, a Brazilian MMA journalist for Combate, is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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