Al Iaquinta Says Kevin Lee Fight Might Be As Tough As Khabib

Iaquinta and Lee will meet for a second time next month at the final UFC on FOX event.

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Al Iaquinta says that his next opponent, Kevin Lee, might be just as tough as current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is an interesting take by the former title contender.

Iaquinta is coming off the biggest fight thus far in his pro-MMA career as he agreed to step in on 24 hours notice. He fought Khabib in the main event of the UFC 223 pay-per-view event. Khabib ended up winning the fight by decision along with the undisputed UFC lightweight title.

Iaquinta vs. Lee II is set to headline the final UFC on FOX event next month. If you recall, their first fight went down in 2014 that saw Iaquinta emerge victorious via unanimous decision.

Al Iaquinta Makes Bold Statement

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Iaquinta stated that he believes Lee will be a tough fight for him and might be as tough as his latest fight.

“Everything was correct about this and nothing was correct about the last one. It was like injuries, coming off that Khabib fight I was still banged up. It was quick. I wasn’t happy with a few other things. It just wasn’t right. This is definitely a better fight. I think it’s an intriguing matchup. Just everything.”

UFC on FOX 31 is set to take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Iaquinta Impressed

Al Iaquinta continued by stating that he was sitting in the front row to watch Lee’s latest fight. He thought that he was a tough and brutal fight.

“Everything about it, I like. He’s just as tough, if not tougher [than Gaethje]. He might even be just as tough, if not tougher than Khabib. I was sitting front row at his last fight with (Edson) Barboza. And I was like, ‘F*ck, I don’t want to be Barboza right now.’ It was brutal, it was not fun to watch. So, I’m training my ass off. I want to be the one doing that to him, for sure.”

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Al Iaquinta Says Kevin Lee May Be Even Tougher Than Khabib

Al Iaquinta believes Kevin Lee could prove to be tougher than Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta has been inside the Octagon with both Lee and Nurmagomedov. “Raging” admits he has seen an improvement in Lee’s game as well as maturity. Iaqu…

Al Iaquinta believes Kevin Lee could prove to be tougher than Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta has been inside the Octagon with both Lee and Nurmagomedov. “Raging” admits he has seen an improvement in Lee’s game as well as maturity. Iaquinta’s last bout was against “The Eagle.” Iaquinta lost the bout via unanimous decision. “Raging” was peppered […]

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Quote: Conor McGregor Can’t Train Heart For Khabib Rematch

Conor McGregor suffered a huge loss in his Octagon return earlier this month (Sat. October 6, 2018). “The Notorious” was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round via neck crank. It marked the second loss of McGregor’s UFC …

Conor McGregor suffered a huge loss in his Octagon return earlier this month (Sat. October 6, 2018). “The Notorious” was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round via neck crank. It marked the second loss of McGregor’s UFC career and the biggest victory of Khabib’s. Since his defeat, the Irishman has remained adamant in his […]

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Seven MMA Fights You Never Knew You Wanted To See Until Now

On the heels of Derrick Lewis challenging Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title at UFC 230, we wanted to get a deeper look at some possible match-ups that we maybe never knew we wanted to see. As the UFC and MMA celebrate 25 years of success, one thing remains the same today as it did […]

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On the heels of Derrick Lewis challenging Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title at UFC 230, we wanted to get a deeper look at some possible match-ups that we maybe never knew we wanted to see.

As the UFC and MMA celebrate 25 years of success, one thing remains the same today as it did on that fateful night in November 1993.

Fans love compelling characters.

Perhaps there is no more charismatic fighter competing today than “The Black Beast”. Lewis parlayed his most remarkable come-from-behind KO win over Alexander Volkov into a heavyweight title shot against “DC” at UFC 230. That’s not to say Lewis isn’t deserving this opportunity. He has gone 12-3 in his UFC career, beating nine of his last 10 opponents during that stretch.

It remains to be seen if Lewis can cash in as a sizable underdog at UFC 230. But given the recent unpredictability of matchmaking in MMA, anything seems possible as of late. That is precisely why we here at LowkickMMA have created our list of seven MMA fights you never knew you wanted to see…until now.

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Ryan Bader vs. Stipe Miocic

You probably never thought about Bader and Miocic fighting in the heavyweight division until now.

With the recent emergence of Bader in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, the former Arizona State wrestler could become Bellator’s first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously.

Moreover, a fight between Bader and Miocic definitely has me interested. Both guys have similar wrestling pedigrees, Bader with a slight advantage, and their hands are comparable as well, with Miocic holding the edge in that department.

At this point in their careers, a fight between these two may be wishful thinking. But if Bader does return to the Octagon to close his career out, or if Miocic takes his talents to the Bellator cage, we could see this fight play out right before our eyes.

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UFC on FOX 31: Kevin Lee vs. Al Iaquinta Poster Revealed (Photo)

The poster for the UFC on FOX 31 event, featuring a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta, has been revealed. The card goes down from the Fiserv Forum arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 15th. The event will also mark the end of the …

The poster for the UFC on FOX 31 event, featuring a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta, has been revealed. The card goes down from the Fiserv Forum arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 15th. The event will also mark the end of the UFC’s seven years with FOX Sports before moving on to […]

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Kevin Lee vs. Al Iaquinta Set For UFC Milwaukee

Top-ranked UFC lightweight Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will make their returns to the Octagon against one another in Milwaukee.

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UFC on FOX is going out with a bang.

With ESPN acquiring the broadcast rights for the UFC, the final UFC on FOX show will go down from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 15th. It looks like that show will be headlined by a lightweight match-up between Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee:

Lee had a five-fight win streak snapped by Tony Ferguson a year ago. “El Cucuy” submitted Lee for the interim lightweight title in the bout. This past April, Lee returned to the Octagon and made a statement. He dominated Edson Barboza en-route to a fifth round TKO win.

Iaquinta hasn’t fought since April 7th when he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov. “Ragin” was defeated by “The Eagle” via unanimous decision for the vacant 155-pound title. This was because Max Holloway was unfit to compete in the bout and Iaquinta stepped in as a last-second replacement.

Both men are talented grapplers, and have been rumored to fight one another again for quite some time. Iaquinta won their initial match-up at Lee’s UFC debut in 2014. The fight took place at UFC 169, which Iaquinta won via unanimous decision.

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