Don’t expect to be seeing Al Iaquinta back in the Octagon any time soon as the No.11 ranked lightweight fighter is preparing to undergo knee surgery in the near future that’ll keep him out until the summer of 2016 at the earliest.

According to the UFC Tonight show, Iaquinta will be getting cartilage from a cavadar inserted into the back of his knee-cap and recovering from that will keep him out of action for at least 6-8 months.

The long layoff will come as a disappointment to ‘Ragin’ Al’ who’s had an impressive run in the UFC since losing out to Michael Chiesa in the final of TUF season 15 back in 2012.

From then on he’s won seven out of his eight appearances in the Octagon and is currently on a three fight winning streak that includes TKO victories over Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon, together with a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal last time out.

There had been talk prior to this of him fighting in February, potentially against Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Hailing from New York, the 28 year-old would no doubt also have had his eye on a potential fight at the tentatively scheduled NYC event in April, but his surgery means neither option is a possibility.