This is the UFC on FOX 31 live blog for Kevin Lee vs. Al Iaquinta 2, a lightweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Lee, who has won six of his last seven bouts, faces Iaquinta, who has won five of his last six bouts, in the main event.
This will be a rematch of their Feb. 8, 2014 encounter at UFC 169 that Iaquinta won by unanimous decision.
Check out the UFC on FOX 31 live blog below:
Round 1: Keith Peterson on hand to oversee the final UFC on FOX main event. Iaquinta looking to grab Lee’s leg early. He lands a leg kick, but Lee pops him with a couple of jabs. Iaquinta grabs the leg then lands a spinning back elbow off of that attempt. Body kick for Iaquinta. Straight left lands on Iaquinta’s chin. Body kick for Lee. Iaquinta fires back with a pair of hooks to Lee’s midsection. Lee lands an inside leg kick. Good boxing from both men. Iaquinta’s takedown attempts are causing Lee to hesitate. Iaquinta comes forward with a 1-2. Outside leg kick scores for Iaquinta. 1-1-2 by Iaquinta. Iaquinta first on these exchanges, Lee’s hands catching a lot of air.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Iaquinta.
Round 2: Lee backs Iaquinta up with a straight right over the top. That leg kick is money for Iaquinta. Iaquinta lands a body punch, but Lee finally goes for a takedown. He gets in deep and secures a body lock, muscling Iaquinta down against the cage. One of Iaquinta’s legs is trapped and Lee lands solid ground-and-pound. Body triangle is on for Lee. He scores with hammer fists and punches from back control. Big elbows by Lee around the sides of Iaquinta’s head. Plenty of time for Lee to work. Iaquinta is able to spin and break the lock, then get the fight back to the feet. He pops Lee with a jab, then goes to the body. Left uppercut scores for Iaquinta. He’s timing his jab and landing it repeatedly. Iaquinta with an inside leg kick, Lee responds, but eats a right hand for his troubles. They exchange right hands to end the round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Lee. Overall, 19-19.
Round 3: They trade kicks to the body to start. Lee with the right hook, but he’s having trouble landing without getting countered. Iaquinta with the jab, then he absorbs a counter-punch. Knee up the middle by Lee, Iaquinta answers with a pair of pawing punches. Single leg, stuffed by Lee. He gets in deep with a double leg and takes Iaquinta down. Iaquinta crawling to the fence and he’s walking back up, Lee staying heavy on him. Lee patiently stays locked on until he can lift Iaquinta and slam him forward, immediately putting himself into position to move into back control. Back to the body triangle and he’s searching for a choke. Just over a minute remaining in the round. There’s a stalemate as they hand fight. Lee with some ground-and-pound. The round ends with Lee punching away from Iaquinta’s back.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Lee. Overall, 29-28 Lee.
Round 4: Iaquinta steps in and lands a heavy right punch. He’s putting a little more steam on his strikes right now, and that right hand is doing some serious damage. Lee backing up, but he takes another right to the chin. Then another straight right down the middle. Head kick glances the top of Lee’s head. He catches Iaquinta with a counter-left. Iaquinta slips a punch and lands another right hand. 1-1-2, Lee is getting chewed up. He’s using his jab to keep Iaquinta away. Iaquinta is tagging him over an dover again. Body kick for Lee. Superman punch by Iaquinta just misses, then he scores with a left over the top. Body punch by Iaquinta. He ends with another successful right hand.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Iaquinta. Overall, 38-38.
Round 5: Iaquinta’s jab giving Lee problems now, then another 1-1-2. Lee goes for a single leg, he’s deep in, Iaquinta defends well and takes the corner, they’re scrambling and Iaquinta is back up against the fence. Lee still low searching for a single leg. Iaquinta has his heels against the fence, he’s avoiding the takedown. Lee stays on him as Iaquinta tries to sleep out, he’s looking for Iaquinta’s back. Iaquinta breaks that up and they are back in the center of the Octagon. Lee cannot avoid that right hand. Nice jab by Lee, but Iaquinta gets a jab of his own. Iaquinta ducks into a high kick. Iaquinta gets in and lands two hard punches to the head. For every jab Lee lands, Iaquinta seems to clip him with three good shots. 1-2 for Iaquinta in the final 30 seconds. He’s stalking Lee. Right to the body for Iaquinta, then he lands a a front kick to the chin. Another right hand by Iaquinta and this could be his fight.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Iaquinta. Overall, 48-47 Iaquinta.
Official result: Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)