Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta II UFC On FOX 31 Summary Report
|Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018||Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA|
|Time: 8:00 PM ET||TV: UFC Fight Pass, FOX 31
Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta II UFC ON FOX 31 Preview & Free Picks
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight rivals Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee will settle their bad blood (maybe) TONIGHT (Dec. 15, 2018) at UFC on FOX 31 inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
LEE is coming off an incredibly impressive victory over Edson Barboza in April, seven months after falling to No. 1 contender Tony Ferguson at UFC 216. The Motown Phenom beat the brakes off Barboza, outstriking him 233-64 while landing four takedowns en route to a TKO victory by doctor’s stoppage due to a nasty cut over Barboza’s eye.
Lee is a special athlete. He’s one of the highest-ranking athletes on the ape index scale — which is not a racist term I just made up, but rather a measure of an athlete’s wingspan compared to height. Reach is one of the most important factors in combat sports, so Lee’s build of 5-foot-9-inches with a 77 inch reach is pretty extraordinary when considering his physical strength as well.
IAQUINTA stepped up on short notice to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 after a series of incidents that left the current champ without a challenger 24 hours before the bout. This was a massive jump in competition for Raging Al and it showed as he was outstruck 172-43 and dragged to the mat six times. Iaquinta is one of his division’s best bruisers. Utilizing his wrestling in reverse to keep the fight upright, Iaquinta likes to work his way into the pocket and batter his opponent with right hands.
In the first fight, Lee nearly strangled Iaquinta with a rear naked choke in the second round, and Lee has developed a far nastier top game since then. Plus, with Lee’s ridiculous combination of reach and physical strength, his early takedowns are going to be largely impossible to stop. In short, Iaquinta is almost certainly going to be put on his back and put in serious danger early. The key to victory, then, is outlasting the period of time where Lee is tremendously dangerous.
Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta II UFC ON FOX 31 Head to Head
|Kevin Lee||VS||Al Iaquinta II|
|United States||COUNTRY||United States|
|5' 10"||HEIGHT||5' 10"|
|155.00 LB||WEIGHT||155.00 LB|
|5'10"/155 lbs||HEIGHT/WEIGHT||5'9"/170 lbs|
|77 In||REACH||70 In|