MELBOURNE, Australia — Al Iaquinta is happy to see his former opponent Jorge Masvidal being thrust into the spotlight, but he isn’t all that thrilled about the introduction of the “BMF” title that “Gamebred” and Nate Diaz will contest at UFC 245 in New York.
“I don’t know, I think the toughest motherf*cker is the champ, the real champ,” Iaquinta told MMA Fighting.
“I don’t know, it’s a little weird that they’re actually going to put a belt on somebody that’s not the champ, but those are two bad motherf*ckers, so it’s whatever. It’s not my thing, I’m more of a traditionalist, the champ is the champ. I would feel very disrespected as a champion if they were putting a belt on someone else in my weight class.”
“Ragin’ Al” went on to celebrate Masvidal’s newfound success at welterweight.
“He’s always been a tough guy, he’s always been tough so he’s finally getting the credit that he deserves and I think he’s found something new at 170. I think he enjoys being a little bigger and not cutting so much weight and depleting himself. It’s more like he’s just street fighting, I think that’s more his kind of thing. He gets in there, he doesn’t cut too much weight and I’m happy that he’s found a lot of success there.”