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Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC FN 135 *POLL*

Postby moose84 » Jun 14. 2018, 08:11

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The fight card is taking shape for the UFC’s debut in Lincoln and just its third overall event in Nebraska.

UFC officials on Wednesday made official a slew of bouts, including a previously reported fight between lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Al Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

It serves as the main event of UFC Fight Night 135, which takes place Aug. 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order are still a long way from being finalized (Twitter):

A war is headed to Nebraska.@Justin_Gaethje prepares for another potential FOTY vs @AlIaquinta


Gaethje is No. 7 USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, and Iaquinta is No. 13.

Gaethje looks to snap a two-fight skid. After debuting with the UFC in 2017 and moving to 18-0 overall with a TKO victory over Michael Johnson, the 29-year-old former WSOF champion has suffered back-to-back knockout losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. However, both losses earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses.

He takes on Iaquinta, who returned from a yearlong layoff this year and suffered a unanimous-decision title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. It came in a short-notice affair as a replacement Paul Felder (and Iaquinta wasn’t eligible for the belt because of a weigh-in quirk due to the late notice). The defeat snapped the 31-year-old “TUF 15” runner-up’s five-fight winning streak.

Other confirmed bouts include middleweights Antonio Braga Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), 185-pounders Eryk Anders (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Tim Williams (15-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Luke Sanders (12-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (25-9 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and 135-pounders Drew Dober (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC).

The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes:

   Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta
   Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez
   Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams
   Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya
   Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck



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Re: Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC FN 135 *POLL*

Postby TheDemon305 » Jun 14. 2018, 09:08

Dana is so full of shit lol what happen to this fight not happening? Lol Al ahould be the more technical guy, as long as he doesnt brawl, Justin should be sleeping. Looks like Anders was given a gimme fight to boost him. 
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Re: Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC FN 135 *POLL*

Postby Lukn4trbl » Jun 14. 2018, 10:09

If Al fights his way, Justin is going to lose.

The 'stand and bang' approach isn't going to work.
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Re: Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC FN 135 *POLL*

Postby JM Barrie » Jun 15. 2018, 02:50

If Justin loses then that's the end of that.
Al shouldnt be able to beat a guy built up like Justin.
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Re: Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta set for UFC FN 135 *POLL*

Postby hippielove » Jun 15. 2018, 07:36

JM Barrie wrote:If Justin loses then that's the end of that.
Al shouldnt be able to beat a guy built up like Justin.

That’s what I’m thinking.
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