Al Iaquinta continues to hold down a ranking spot in the UFC’s lightweight rankings, and clearly Paul Felder’s not too happy about it.
Iaquinta began moving up the UFC’s lightweight ranks in 2014 and 2015, thanks to a four fight winning streak, which included wins over notable vets like Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon and Jorge Masvidal. But, due to a contract dispute, the heavy handed fighter didn’t fight again until this past April, when Iaquinta took out Diego Sanchez.
Well, in the latest UFC rankings, Iaquinta moved up a spot to #10, after holding down the #11 position before that. Recently Felder spoke with MMA Junkie, before the latest rankings went up, and the talented striker had this to say about Iaquinta’s ranking:
“I was really pissed,” Felder said “Iaquinta’s No. 11 (on the UFC.com list), and he’s been sitting at the top of that division for a while, and who have you beaten recently to be holding that spot? There’s a whole bunch of us busting our asses to fight guys to get that number next to our names.
“I think he either needs to (expletive) or get off the pot. Hang up the gloves and sell real estate, or fight.”
Iaquinta was booked to fight Felder at UFC 218, December 2nd, but withdrew due to a reported injury. While discussing that fact, Felder added:
“I still don’t know all the details about what he even hurt. At first I thought he was playing games again and pulled out. Does anybody know what’s hurt? Nobody has. I don’t know if it’s true or not. If he’s really hurt, then obviously I’ll eat my word…”
All this aside, Felder will now take on Charles Oliveira at UFC 218, which will go down in Detroit. As the bout approaches, Felder is coming off back-to-back finishes of Alessandro Ricci and Steven Ray. Oliveira, meanwhile, submitted Will Brooks in his last outing, after dropping consecutive fights to featherweights Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas.
In the main event of the upcoming card, Jose Aldo will attempt to avenge his June defeat to featherweight champ, Max Holloway.