Al Iaquinta is riding a 5 fight winning streak and fresh off a first round knock out on Diego Sanchez. It was a very impressive performance, Al become angry when he didn’t get a bonus for his performance. Leading Al to take to twitter to let out his frustration with the UFC. His fight with Diego was the first of 3 fights where he is banned from a bonus opportunity
It’s no secret that Al isn’t a happy camper if you have been following his Twitter page. While he may not be winning any employee of the year awards, he has certainly gained momentum with the fans.
There are apparently three different situations that has led to Al Iaquinta not being elligible for Bonus money. 1, he destroyed a hotel room after his Joe Lauzon fight. 2. He let out cuss words on live TV after his fight with Jorge Masvidal. 3. He didn’t show up to the 2015 UFC fighter Summit.
Al also complicated things during his time away from the UFC. He said he had to beg the UFC to cover his knee surgery, the anonymous UFC official had this to say about the surgery.
“It was a chronic injury, and since it was a chronic injury and not something that happened while training or fighting for us, the insurance denied it,” a UFC official told MMAjunkie. “There were also a number of alternatives that could have been done that would have been covered, but Al insisted on using a specific surgeon back east. The UFC paid tens of thousands of dollars to cover that out of our pocket without any obligation to do so since it was a chronic injury, which means it happened over years and years and years.
“Mr. Iaquinta never once called the medical team or (UFC President) Dana (White) to say thank you. Instead, he talks about how he had to beg for it, which is not true. … We agreed to do it. We paid for it. The entire medical team assisted through his surgeon getting this done and getting it paid, and Al never once called anyone to thank them. Instead he goes out on the Internet and says he had to beg for it, which is absolutely, 100 percent false. That’s a lie.”
“The stories he’s telling are not true,” the official told MMAjunkie. “The premise for his whole beef is not accurate, and I think he’s trying to justify the fact that he thinks he should still get bonuses.”
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.