If you were one of the many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans sleeping on Al Iaquinta, it's time to wake up.
In a battle of Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans, Iaquinta put the screws to Ross Pearson in the lightweight co-main event of UFC Fight Night 55, which took place last Friday night (Nov. 7, 2014) on UFC Fight Pass from inside the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Read our full recap and fight analysis here.
"This is what I needed to do," Iaquinta told the media at the UFC Fight Night 55 post-fight press conference (watch it). "I thought I was going to leave the press conference not saying a word, now I got the first question."
The 27-year-old Serra-Longo product has now won back-to-back fights by way of "Raging" fists, which may give future opponents a false sense of security when it comes to the ground game. But as Iaquinta explained on the dais, it's not for lack of skill.
"I haven't had to show my wrestling yet, or my ground game," he said. "The fight starts on the feet. So far, everything has been going well, I pretty much dominated everybody I've been in the cage with, on the feet, so it hasn't had a chance to go down to the ground. When it happens, I'll be ready."
It may not happen at all, judging by the way he has been swinging that hammer.
Iaquinta improves to 10-3-1 with the win and it will be interesting to see if he's able to crack the top 15 of the 155-pound division when the official UFC rankings are released on Monday (see the current order here).
For more results and fallout from UFC Fight Night 55 click here.