Al Iaquinta is currently away from his East Coast-based training home at Serra-Longo, reuniting with his Ultimate Fighter coach, Urijah Faber, at Team Alpha Male in California.
Iaquinta, a runner-up on the reality series, has made several trips out West to work with Faber and his crew, taking up the former WEC champion on an offer extended to him after TUF.
“My father always reminds me how lucky I am that of all the seasons (of TUF) I ended up on and of all the teams, I ended up on Urijah Faber’s,” said Iaquinta, during a recent interview with FightLine. “Whenever I want to come out, Urijah and his whole team welcome me out.
“He has such a wealth of knowledge in the sport of MMA, business and life in general.”
Iaquinta (7-2-1) put together a perfect 2013, defeating both Ryan Couture and Piotr Hallmann via decision. The victory over Couture marked his first inside the Octagon this past August, and his first win overall since 2011.
Switching up coasts to train and work on his technique is something Iaquinta feels is necessary in this day and age of MMA.
“A lot of guys can become stagnant during the down time between fights. For me, it works out perfect to be able to shoot across the country and learn from some of the best guys in the world right now; all of which are around my weight.”
Team Alpha Male is currently scheduled to compete on both this Saturday’s World Series of Fighting card and next Saturday’s UFC on FOX 9 event. Lance Palmer goes for the WSOF featherweight title in the main event, while Joseph Benavidez challenges Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title.
Also, Faber faces Michael McDonald, Chad Mendes meets Nik Lentz and Danny Castillo squares off with Edson Barboza.
“I get to train and learn from all the guys at Team Alpha Male, many of them are finishing up camp for their fights on UFC on FOX 9,” Iaquinta stated. “I get to see how they do things in the weeks immediately leading up to the fight. I am definitely taking notes and will be adding some of the same things in my training.
“I’m getting a little mini-training camp in out here. My game is definitely jumping a whole level.”
Iaquinta wanted to make sure people know he isn’t abandoning his coaches and teammates at East Coast home, saying “training with my coaches Ray Longo and Matt Serra and the whole Serra/Longo Fight Team back home in New York, then being able to come out here to Sacramento and train with Team Alpha Male is the perfect recipe for my success.”