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New York lightweight Al Iaquinta has turned down an offer to fight Thiago Alves at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in Madison Square Garden due to a contract holdout with the UFC.Iaquinta, 29, verbally agreed to the matchup at first, but he said he couldnt bring himself to sign the official bout agreement.The UFC declined to comment on the situation to ESPN.com.Riding a four-fight win streak, Iaquinta (12-3) said he stood to make $26,000 to show and $26,000 to win the fight in New York. He said he has three fights left on his deal, which was negotiated in early 2015.I printed out the contract, went to sign it and just said, I cant do it, Iaquinta told ESPN.com. As much as I would love to be a superstar at Madison Square Garden, this is only going to last for so long and then Im going to be stuck with the injuries.With the money theyre paying me right now, its enough to get by, maybe. I could do that in any profession and not risk the injuries. Health is so important to me after what Ive been through the last 18 months.Iaquinta listed several factors that went into his decision, including the UFCs apparel deal with Reebok that banned individual sponsorships from appearing in the Octagon. Additionally, Iaquinta underwent knee surgery late last year, and his experience with that greatly affected his current perception.Iaquinta was 24 when he agreed to compete on the UFCs The Ultimate Fighter reality series in 2012. He performed well, eventually losing in the tournament final to fellow UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa.The show required him to fight five times in three months. According to Iaquinta, he was paid a flat $750 per week. Luckily, he made an extra $50,000 in bonus money for having the best knockout and fight of the season. Looking back, Iaquinta said that without those bonuses, appearing on the show would not have been worth it.Especially because Iaquinta suffered a knee injury in the shows semifinals. He initially had a patchwork surgery performed, he said, but the knee reached a point last year that he felt a second procedure was necessary.When he informed the UFC, Iaquinta said he was initially told the companys insurance would only pick up $15,000 of a $60,000 operation. Eventually, the UFC did agree to pay for the entire procedure, he said, but only after weeks of slow, frustrating correspondence.I was talking to a woman at the UFC medical department and it was almost like I was hassling her, Iaquinta said. Its like, This is your job. Youre employed by the UFC. You have health benefits. Your job is to help me. Im not burdening you. I wish I didnt have to call you. I actually hate calling you because you make me feel like I shouldnt.I eventually said, So, youre telling me a UFC fighter on a four-fight win streak is going to have to start a GoFundMe page to pay for a surgery -- is that what youre telling me right now? That was what it took to get on the phone with [former UFC owner] Lorenzo Fertitta. And even then, they wanted me to get a different surgery. I ended up saying I was going in for the surgery either way, and I think that put pressure on them.Iaquinta acknowledged it hasnt been long since he signed his current four-fight deal. He has completed only one of those: a split-decision win over Jorge Masvidal in April 2015.His mindset, however, has changed tremendously in that time. After he was initially told hed have to pay for knee surgery out of pocket, Iaquinta said he came to grips with the possibility that his career was over. Now that hes accepted that once and prepared accordingly (he received his real estate license earlier this year), it frees him to demand a new deal.They sell you on the dream, Iaquinta said. You end up fighting for less than youre worth, hoping one day you can make it. Ive already made it. Im in the UFC.At first, the dream is making The Ultimate Fighter. When youre in The Ultimate Fighter, its about making the UFC. Get into the UFC, the dream is making it to that next contract. I got to the next contract and was told, Stay in the good graces of the UFC. Dont piss them off, because if you ask for more money, theyre not going to give it to you anyway, and God forbid you lose a fight -- theyll cut you.Now, I really dont give a s--- if they cut me. I could f------ care less.Iaquinta did not reveal the exact figure hes seeking, but he said the UFC has shown no interest in renegotiating his current deal.Playing into his decision, Iaquinta said the UFC informed him he is ineligible for the promotions highly sought-after fight night bonuses, which usually consist of $50,000 and are awarded at every event.Iaquinta said he was told his ineligibility stems from several violations of the UFCs code of conduct.Im really just fed up, Iaquinta said. Im fed up with the sport. I dont even call it a sport anymore. They treat the wrong people right and the right people wrong.I went to UFC 53 [in 2005] and I had such a different idea of this. Its where I wanted to be. I watched every fight when I was young. This is all I wanted to do. I thought these guys were superstars. I thought these guys were making money, being on TV -- and now Im here and its totally different. I keep saying, It cant be like this. This cant be how it is.Iaquinta fights out of Serra-Longo Fight Team. He is 7-2 overall in the UFC with three knockouts. Jordan 32 Low Win Like 96 . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Jordan 32 Bred For Sale Cheap .J. 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BORDEAUX, France -- Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout.Jonas Hector lifted the so-called Italian curse off Germany on Saturday by converting the 18th kick of one of the wildest shootouts in European Championship history, clinching a 6-5 victory and a place in the semifinals.I took my heart in my hand, said Hector, Germanys left back, and just wanted to make sure it went in.It did -- but only just. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon guessed the right way but dived over Hectors kick. No wonder the 38-year-old Buffon walked off the field in tears afterward.A cagey match between Europes two most successful soccer nations finished 1-1 after extra time, with Leonardo Bonuccis 78th-minute penalty for Italy canceling out a 65th-minute strike by Mesut Ozil.After the tactical tedium came the shootout drama. Bonucci was one of seven players to fail to score in the shootout, with Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger also blazing over when he could have sealed victory with the score at 2-2.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gave his side another sight of victory by saving Matteo Darmians penalty, and Hector held his nerve.Ive never experienced a penalty shootout like it before, Neuer said.It was Germanys sixth straight victory in a penalty shootout since losing the final of Euro 1976 to Czechoslovakia, and its first competitive win over Italy in nine tries dating back to 1962. That run included defeats to the Azzurri in the 1982 World Cup final and three major tournament semifinals -- at World Cups in 1970 and 2006, and at Euro 2012.Seeking to follow up its World Cup title from two years ago, Germany will play either France or Iceland in a semifinal match in Marseille on Thursday.Italys loss ended Antonio Contes two-year tenure as coach and he heads to Chelsea in the English Premier League with a strong reputation aftter masterminding wins over highly fancied Belgium and Spain at Euro 2016.ddddddddddddThe only regret I have from this European Championship is these penalties, Conte said. Nothing else; no regrets. These lads really showed everything.One of his last acts as Italy coach was to embrace Darmian, who collapsed to the ground in despair after seeing Hector convert his penalty.It was a fixture worthy of the final itself -- Italy and Germany have won eight World Cup titles between them -- but the game didnt live up to its promise.Dropping deep when not in possession, Italys defensive set-up stifled the Germans -- another tactical success for Conte -- and made for a contest of few clear-cut chances until Ozils goal.Hector ran onto Mario Gomezs inside pass and sent over a cross that deflected into the path of the inrushing Arsenal playmaker, who calmly steered the ball home from eight meters.It was the first time the Germans had got behind Italys famed back line all game, but they couldnt hold on. They finally conceded a goal at the tournament when Bonucci scored from the spot after Jerome Boateng handled Giorgio Chiellinis flicked header.Bonucci was a surprising choice as penalty-taker, considering he hadnt previously taken one in regulation time in his career.With both teams tiring and showing respect for each other, extra time passed without significant incident and Euro 2016 had its second penalty shootout of the quarterfinals -- after Portugal beat Poland on Thursday.As Germany, as ever, won the battle of nerves from the spot.It was the lottery of the shootout, Conte said. I think theyre the best side in the world. The fact we could match them is an achievement.Mats Hummels will miss the semifinal through suspension after collecting a second yellow card of the tournament. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '