UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta is always down to roast the opposition on Twitter, but he also appreciates a good response.
When former two-division champ Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) didn’t give him one after a recent rant, he was a little disappointed.
That’s what I was hoping for,” Iaquinta (14-4-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio.
McGregor targeted famed MMA coach Firas Zahabi and UFC commentator Joe Rogan for saying Iaquinta fared better against UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Zahabi, who also predicted featherweight champ Max Holloway would defeat McGregor in a rematch, responded that the observation wasn’t personal and thanked the ex-champ for listening to his podcast.
Ultimately, what McGregor and Zahabi think is of little consequence to Iaquinta’s career right now.
“I thought he was the guy that would kind of do what he did but stay true to the martial arts.
Iaquinta, who’s currently unbooked for his next fight, cites McGregor’s infamous bus attack at UFC 223 as one example of the fighter flying off the handle.
Like McGregor, Iaquinta is an obvious proponent of verbal warfare leading up to a fight.
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