TUF: Live Runner-Up Al Iaquinta to Face Joe Proctor at UFC 159

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IIJanuary 31, 2013

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

The UFC continues its constant stream of fight announcements for UFC 159.

Earlier this week, the organization unveiled matchups between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher, Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo, as well as a lightweight matchup between Jim Miller and Strikeforce import Pat Healy.

And on Thursday afternoon, the organization tweeted that The Ultimate Fighter: Live runner-up Al Iaquinta will return to the Octagon at UFC 159 against fellow house guest, Joe Proctor.

Iaquinta was a heavy favorite to win the show and was the first pick of coach Urijah Faber. This marks the first time that the Serra/Longo fighter has competed in the organization since an upset loss to Michael Chiesa in the tournament final last June.

Proctor was a teammate of Iaquinta on the show and Faber picked him fourth. James Vick defeated him in the quarterfinals by unanimous decision.

Since picking up a quick victory at the show's finale, Ramsey Nijem defeated Proctor in December to move the latter's UFC record to 1-1.

UFC 159 takes place on April 27 in Newark, New Jersey and will be headlined by a light heavyweight battle between champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

The two men are currently coaching Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, which airs every Tuesday night on FX.