Al Iaquinta cites injuries as reason for not fighting Gaethje

The lightweight fighter was due to fight Justin Gaethje on August 25th.

Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday evening, Al Iaquinta (13-4-1) announced that injuries forced him out of an upcoming bout with Justin Gaethje.

Gaethje now takes on James Vick in the event’s main event after Iaquinta pulled out of the fight.

The New York native recently stepped in to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.

Speaking on the Helwani Show, Iaquinta explained the reason behind pulling out of the fight.

I have injuries. They haven’t gone away and it wasn’t worth rushing in to fight Justin Gaethje. But you know, my relationship with the UFC is ok. I don’t know if they believe me but it is what it is.

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