Al Iaquinta Hints At Retiring From MMA, Says ‘This Sh-t’s Not Worth It’

The Ultimate Fighter 15 finalist Al Iaquinta thinks that his time as an MMA athlete is almost over, and he will soon officially announce his retirement from the sport.

The 34-year-old shared his thoughts during his video podcast “Call Me Al,” proclaiming that his efforts aren’t bearing fruit despite all the toil and hard work in the gym.

Iaquinta suffered a third straight loss in the octagon when he was stopped by Bobby Green in the very first round of the bout at UFC 268.

“I’m thinking that’s it, man,” Iaquinta said. “That’s the way to go out. I mean, obviously, you want to go out on a win, but this sh-t’s not worth it, dude.”

“You saw Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje fight. Those guys, they beat the hell out of each other. That wasn’t worth it.”

“To be honest with you, I don’t know. It was the first fight that I really gave up in. He didn’t knock me unconscious, and I kind of turned and I covered up. I was still conscious; I knew what I was doing. But I kind of just wanted out. That was it. I realized that he hit me hard – it probably was not going to be a good night for me. I was not confident in my preparation, in my cardio, my wrestling.”

Iaquinta further notified that he has reached the stage where his body can no longer endure the stress and the trauma, adding he wants all out from the play.

“These guys are training hard. These guys are training three times a day, two times a day, really hard. My body just can’t hold up to that anymore. That’s the first time in my career ever that I gave up in a fight,” he added.

Iaquinta rose to fame for his gusty performance against the former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The New York native took the fight on just seven days’ notice and went to distance against the former champ.

Following that loss, Iaquinta rebounded with a fine win against one-time interim title challenger Kevin Lee. But that proved to be his only triumph since then, as he lost consecutive decisions in his subsequent two fights, coming in the hands of Donald Cerrone and Dan Hooker, respectively.

At UFC 268, Iaquinta was finished in the fight for the first time in his 12-year pro career.

The 34-year-old has made 15 appearances in the octagon with his UFC record standing at 9-6. He won his debut fight against Ryan Couture eight years ago.

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