Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send lightweight bonus machine Joe Lauzon into the Octagon against part-time television star Al Iaquinta at the upcoming UFC 183: "Silva vs. Diaz" pay-per-view (PPV) event on Jan. 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Newsday brought word of the pending battle on Wednesday.
Looking to build off back-to-back wins over Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa, Lauzon (24-9) was originally scheduled to throw down opposite Diego Sanchez in Mexico City; however, a late injury bounced him from the event and put him on the pine for a couple of weeks.
Iaquinta, meanwhile, scored a bookie-busting knockout against Ross Pearson earlier this month in Sydney, Australia. It was his second straight finish and improved the Serra-Longo product's record to 10-3-1. Like Lauzon, "Raging Al" was also a featured contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show.
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UFC 183 will be headlined by the 185-pound "super fight" between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. Elsewhere on the card, Thiago Alves gets crackin' against Jordan Mein in welterweight action, while Andy Enz and Thiago Santos hook 'em up at middleweight.
For the current UFC 183 fight card and line up click here.