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Al Iaquinta upset with UFC fight announcement: ‘I haven’t signed a contract yet’

Al Iaquinta didn’t find out about his Bobby Green fight at UFC 268 until the promotion announced it.

Al Iaquinta is looking forward to clashing with Bobby Green at UFC 268, but he is not pleased with how the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) took care of business.

Iaquinta vs. Green is expected to take place on the main card of UFC 268: “Usman vs. Covington 2”, taking place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on Sat., Nov. 6 via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). According to Iaquinta, however, he had not finalized contract details when UFC announced the fight.

“I was kind of disappointed that they announced the fight the way that they did because they asked my manager about the fight and I was like, ‘Yeah, we’ll take the fight, but I’ve been out for a while and there’s a few things with my contract that are unclear,’” Iaquinta told Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour (h/t MMA Fighting). “I’ve been trying to get a hold of Sean Shelby and Hunter [Campbell] for the last week and a half, two weeks, and I haven’t really heard back from them.

“It’s just some stuff I wanted to clear up, my last fight was in Australia [against Dan Hooker at UFC 243] and there were a few things in the contract that were up in the air and we’ve just got to get that sorted out.”

Iaquinta had not been made aware that the fight was finalized until he started receiving messages on his phone.

“I was watching the fights on Saturday and I fell asleep watching them,” Iaquinta said. “I woke up and looked at my phone and I had 9,000 messages — Instagram this and Twitter that. I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ And then I’m seeing they announced the fight. I was like, ‘What the f—k? I haven’t signed a contract yet.’

“I hate when they do that because they’ve done this to me once before and it’s really not the right thing to do. It bothers me a lot, especially since they know I’ve been trying to get a hold of them. But I’m sure it will get taken care of.”

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