Al Iaquinta Responds to Thiago Moises Callout After the Latter’s Win at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane

Published 03/01/2021, 6:01 AM EST


Thiago Moises won a decision against Alexander Hernandez in the featured prelims bout of UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane. The American Top Team fighter put his skills on display and put on a fantastic performance against Hernandez to win his third fight on the bounce.

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After the fight, Moises called out former UFC title challenger, ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta, for a fight. He believes he has done enough to get a ranked opponent next, and a fight with Al Iaquinta will be a great test for him.

Yeah, yeah, of course. I think like I steal his hype, you know, and three victories in a row, three big names. Yeah, I mean, a great, great momentum in career. I think he’s like, overrated.”

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“The last three opponents that I beat, all of them could be top 15 easily, and either I earned top 15 opponent now. I think Al Iaquinta would be a great test,” Moises said in his post-fight press conference.

Iaquinta saw that call out and suggested the rising star fight Rafael Fiziev next.

Iaquinta responded, “Congratulations @ThiagoMoisesMMAa fight against @RafaelFizievis a great matchup. I will help you find that house.

 

Moises said to Dana White he wants to buy a house after his win over Hernandez in the prelims event. Iaquinta, being the real estate agent that he is, suggested that he would help the Brazilian in that.

However, the fighter needs to focus on his combat career too and needs to end his inactivity quickly. ‘Raging’ has not stepped foot inside the octagon after losing to Dan Hooker in 2019.

Who’s next for Thiago Moises?

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Moises, who has trained with Dustin Poirier, has certainly proved he belongs among the top lightweights in the world. He has a great work ethic and skills, and a bonafide opponent like Al Iaquinta will be a great test for him to see if he is indeed ready for the cream of the crop of the lightweight division of the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Thiago Moises of Brazil punches Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

But maybe he has to fight a lower-ranked guy first to get a shot at a former title challenger like ‘Raging’. Fiziev is on a 3-fight win streak. So, a fight between the two certainly makes sense.

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What’s next for Moises? Who should he fight?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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