Al Iaquinta Tired of The Low Pay In The UFCAl Iaquinta:
"That just changed my outlook on everything. God forbid, I take this fight, $26,000, I win, I lose, whatever happens. Say I get hurt somehow, I got nothing. I'd have to take off time from my clients, I'd have to take off time with the real estate that I'm learning. I kind of got myself in a groove. To stop that, to take a fight where I could be risking everything, it's just not worth it for the amount of money that they're going to pay me. It would be great to say that I fought at Madison Square Garden, but after awhile, you're just saying that. There's nothing to show for it. And that's basically why I took the stance that I took, and it's a tough one because there's nothing I'd love to do more than fight at Madison Square Garden. But I feel like, to not even have a negotiation, and the things I heard (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva say to my manager about me when he asked just to negotiate, ‘eff him, eff this' -- who is he to put a price tag on what my life is worth, on what my knee is worth? I've had two knee surgeries already. I may have to have to have another one after nine more fights."
"I'm not even really thinking about that. I just don't even care anymore. When they weren't going to pay for my surgery, I thought my career was over, so I made terms with that at that time. So I'm like a guy, I just really don't even care. I could take it or leave it. It is what it is. I would love to fight at Madison Square Garden. It doesn't seem like they have any want to negotiate at all, so I'm not going to sit and cry about it. I'm going to move on with my life. If there is a negotiation, that's great, we can talk about it. But I'm not banking on that, by no means." #UFC #MMA #Bellator