Iaquinta Decisions Lee in Highly-Praised Headliner
The final edition of UFC on FOX went out with a bang, as Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee traded in a highly-entertaining war that saw Iaquinta take a decision win.
Iaquinta attempted to get a takedown early in the first but failed, though he changed up one of his attempts into a spinning elbow. Outside of that, the opening round was quiet, with Lee throwing punches more frequently, but Iaquinta landing more, including leg kicks.
Lee clinched up Iaquinta early in the second and got a takedown, forcing Iaquinta onto his stomach before securing a body triangle and throwing plenty of hard ground strikes. Iaquinta managed to get the fight back to the feet with two minutes left in the round and bringing out all the offense he could. Iaquinta put Lee on his back foot in the third, but Lee secured a takedown halfway through the round, clinching Iaquinta from behind against the fence. Lee slammed Iaquinta and got him back in a body triangle, once again throwing leather while trying to find a rear-naked choke.
Iaquinta continued to attack Lee’s legs in the fourth and sending him into retreat, hurting him a bit with a head kick while continuing to land with the right hand. Iaquinta dominated the round and possibly put the fight on the line in the fifth, where Iaquinta stuffed a takedown and the two scrambled on the ground, with Lee getting Iaquinta immediately against the cage with another takedown attempt. “Ragin’ Al” stuffed Lee, but Lee took Iaquinta’s back once more before Iaquinta got the two separated.
Iaquinta rocked Lee with an uppercut, giving some pressure to “The Motown Phenom,” who was answering back. While Iaquinta didn’t put on a flurry of shots and combinations during the second half of the final round, he clearly hurt Lee multiple times and made him continuously retreat, while Iaquinta even managed to walk through some of Lee’s punches at the end.
All three judges scored the bout in Iaquinta’s favor, 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
Elsewhere on the main card, Dan Hooker took a lot of damage and continued to fight on, but he eventually succumbed to a kick to the body from Edson Barboza in the third round. Rob Font spoiled Sergio Pettis’ bantamweight debut, sweeping the scorecards, and Charlies Oliveira extended his UFC submissions record with a 75-second victory against Jim Miller.
UFC Milwaukee Main Card (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Lightweight: Edson Barboza def. Dan Hooker via KO (Rd. 3, 2:19)
Bantamweight: Rob Font def. Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Charles Oliveira def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 1:15)
UFC Milwaukee Preliminary Card (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Zak Ottow def. Dwight Grant via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose def. Bobby Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Joaquim Silva def. Jared Gordon via KO (Rd. 3, 2:39)
Middleweight: Jack Hermansson def. Gerald Meerschaert via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 1, 4:25)
Middleweight: Zak Cummings def. Trevor Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Dan Ige def. Jordan Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Milwaukee Early Prelim Card:
Light Heavyweight: Mike Rodriguez def. Adam Milstead via KO (Rd. 1, 2:59)
Heavyweight: Juan Adams def. Chris de la Rocha via TKO (Rd. 3, 0:58)