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UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta: Dana White has zero power over me

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Al Iaquinta speaks further about his current gripes towards UFC president Dana White.

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC lightweight contender Al Iaquinta is once again displeased with top management. A week ago, “Ragin Al’” put UFC president Dana White on blast for the company’s plan to move the weigh-in time from the early morning back to its original schedule at 4 pm.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Iaquinta remains defiant about the intended schedule change.

”I’m going to weigh-in and then I’m going to start eating,” Iaquinta said. “I signed a contract under the assumption we are weighing in in the morning, so we are. There will be no afternoon weigh-in, 100 percent.”

”Dana is out of line, and this is the last straw. They’ve never seen anyone like me. I will do everything in my power to make sure this is done the right way. We are weighing in in the morning.”

When reports first came out about a possible fight against Justin Gaethje, Iaquinta responded by tweeting out “#fakenews.” According to him, it is a way of sending a strong message to the UFC executive.

”That was me saying, ‘I’m not freaking Yair Rodriguez,’” Iaquinta explained. “You cut me, I’m not crying and coming back. Dana White has no power over me. That guy has zero power over me.”

Iaquinta is also a board member of Project Spearhead, an association that aims to unionize mixed martial arts professionals. He adds that he feels obligated to fight for the rights of those who share the same grievances towards White and the UFC.

”I’ve got to keep fighting inside the cage and out,” Iaquinta said. “The UFC needs a person like me, because I love this sport, and Dana -- I don’t know if he loves this anymore. I think he’s just addicted to the spotlight and making it all about him.”

”The more Dana White gets in front of a mic, the stronger we get. The more he opens his mouth, the more [Project Spearhead] forms we fill out. The fighters have gotten a taste of what it feels like to get a full, almost 36 hours of time to rehydrate. I’ve reached out to more than enough people to know that if he moves that, it will be the last straw that does him in.”

Iaquinta vs. Gaethje will officially headline the UFC’s upcoming event in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 25th.