Iaquinta said that he is not surprised by the sudden rise of his fighting profile to being that of a contender now.
"It definitely hasn't surprised me," said the 27-year-old.
"I always knew what I was capable of; it just took me a while to maybe get comfortable in the cage. And I also feed off the energy of the crowd and everything.
"When you're fighting in the first couple fights of the night, it felt kind of dull to me. I want to be on centre stage, and the more people that are watching me, I rise to the occasion.
"I'm not the kind of person that shies away from stepping up to the big stage," he added.