Al Iaquinta is set for a quick return to the Octagon after his victory on Saturday night as he’s signed up to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 63.
Iaquinta defeated Joe Lauzon by second round TKO at UFC 183, extending his current winning streak to three fights and with just one loss in his last seven outings for the promotion he’s now moved to No.15 on the lightweight rankings.
Masvidal is also on a three-fight unbeaten stretch, defeating the likes of Pat Healy, Daron Cruickshank and most recently James Krause, and coincidentally has also gone 6-1 in his last seven fights if you count one victory outwith his time in the UFC.
‘Gamebred’s’ winning run had taken him to No.13 in the rankings and he had initially been set to fight current No.9 Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night 63 until he pulled out injured.
An even bigger fight with the No.5 ranked Ben Henderson then emerged, but after Henderson offered to move up to welterweight to fight Brandon Thatch at short notice in just a couple of weeks time at UFC Fight Night 60, Masvidal was again without an opponent for the event in Virginia until Iaquinta stepped up to the plate.
UFC Fight Night 63 remains headlined by a featherweight bout between two of the division’s top contenders Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.