Kevin Lee Feeling Lowest of Lows After Last Night’s Loss To Al Iaquinta
Last night (Dec 15, 2018) in the main headliner of UFC on FOX 31, UFC lightweight standouts Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee battle for 25 minutes.
After thrilling five close and competitive rounds, judges score the fight 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 in favor of underdog Iaquinta, who won via unanimous decision.
Lee was visibly shocked by judges final decision.
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Lee had some great moments in the fight, but Al Iaquinta’s pressure and striking that ultimately ruled the fight. Iaquinta’s head kick, troubled Lee in the fourth frame. “Raging Al” continue his dominance in the fifth round, successfully avoided Lee’s takedowns then landed some powerful shots.
Lee, who was super confidence before going into the fight that he’d get revenge on Iaquinta, both first fought nearly five years ago.
After the conclusion of the fight, Lee was speaking to the post-fight media scrum, where he expressed his devastation and embarrassment on his loss. (H/T MMAJunkie)
“Devastating, embarrassed,” Lee said.“This sport sometimes has the lowest of lows, and it really don’t feel lower than now, but I’ll be all right. I might not get another shot at Al, but I’ve fought a lot of great fighters in my career, and he’s definitely up there amongst them. We’ll see once everything gets settled down.”
“It might be time for me to make that change,” Lee said. “I knew it about a year ago, but I’m a real stubborn son of a (expletive), so I’m just going to try to make as many adjustments as I can and make it as clean as I can, but it still is very rough for me to get down to this weight. Maybe now it’s time to just go up and look at other options.
“I think I can compete very, very well at 170 and be fast in and out of the pocket, too. I don’t know. We’ll see as I kind of get healed up and everything.”
Kevin Lee seemingly was in a dark place following his #UFCMilwaukee loss to Al Iaquinta.
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Lee suffered a major setback after this loss, who before this fight score a win over Brazilian sensation Edson Barboza. A victory in this showdown would have put “The Motown Phenom” back into title contention, but now Lee has to work hard to prove his worth again. Two fights that make sense for Lee at the moment is either Justin Gaethje or Anthony Pettis.
Iaquinta earns the big win to prove he is a legit threat at lightweight.
Despite the loss, Lee’s still hold an impressive 10-4 since his UFC debut in 2014.