Iaquinta: Sanchez is so out of his mind it helps him
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke recently with UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta about his co-main event fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108. It will be ‘Raging’ Al’s first bout in nearly two years, due to injuries and frustration with his UFC purses.
“It feels good. It’s like a feeling I haven’t felt in a while. It’s like déjà vu,” said Iaquinta, as transcribed by Mick Hammond for MMA Weekly. “I like it. This is what I love to. To be able to make it back after what I’ve been through is really a feat in itself. I’m happy that I’m here and that I’ll be getting back in there.”
“I was going through a lot. The time wasn’t right for me to fight. I had a lot of things to take care of. The money wasn’t right. The money still isn’t great… it’s still the same… it is what it is. But hopefully that will change at some point.”
“He gets hit and he tries to lull you into that slugfest nonsense fight. He’s not a technical fighter. He can’t win a fight like that – and that’s the kind of fight I bring. I’m going to be cool, calm and collected, just like my other fights.”
“I think technically I’m just on another level than him. I think I’m just too smart. I really trained to be smart this fight.”
“I’m not sleeping on him at all. If it sounds like I am, I’m definitely not. He’s dangerous from beginning to end.
“The guy is absolutely psychotic. He is so out of his mind that it benefits him. If he was a little more sane, I think it would hurt him, actually. But he’s so crazy… the belief in himself is definitely a scary thing. You can break guys, but you can’t break that guy, and that’s definitely a dangerous thing.”
Iaquinta was asked what’s next after Sanchez.
“I’m just worried about this fight, honestly,” he said. “I’m not going to fight anybody in the Top 10 for the amount of money they’re paying me. We’ll think about it when it comes. I just got to worry about winning this fight and we’ll go from there. I’m really just having fun right now. I’m in a good place right now. So I’m just worried about right now.”