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Al Iaquinta

UFC on FOX 31: Al Iaquinta outlasts Kevin Lee

Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) used effective striking to neutralize the grappling of Kevin Lee (17-4-0) and earned a unanimous decision victory in the main event of UFC Milwaukee Saturday evening.

Lee seized control early, using takedowns and grappling to pin down Iaquinta and over the first two rounds. But Iaquinta survived and used his striking to take the starch out of the “Motown Phenom,” over the next three rounds.

The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46.

A dejected Lee congratulated Iaquinta in the post-fight interview, knowing he is likely removed from the lightweight title shot conversation.

Joaquim Silva and Jared Gordon earned Fight of the Night honours, while Iaquinta and Charles Oliveira all earned performance of the night bonuses. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

JUAN ADAMS DEF. CHRIS DE LA ROCHA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 0:58

MIKE RODRIGUEZ DEF. ADAM MILSTEAD VIA KO (STRIKES) R1 2:59

DAN IGE DEF. JORDAN GRIFFIN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ZAK CUMMINGS DEF. TREVOR SMITH VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

JACK HERMANSSON DEF. GERALD MEERSCHAERT VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 4:25

JOAQUIM SILVA DEF. JARED GORDON VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 2:39

DRAKKAR CLOSE DEF. BOBBY GREEN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ZAK OTTOW DEF. DWIGHT GRANT VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

JIM MILLER VS. CHARLES OLIVIEIRA

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 1:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA UD

Andrews: Oliveira took advantage and quickly slapped on the choke. Good win for Oliveira. Miller will be back.

#10 ROB FONT VS. #2 SERGIO PETTIS 

WINNER: ROB FONT VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SERGIO PETTIS VIA UD 

Andrews: The power and skills of Font was too much for Pettis.

#5 EDSON BARBOZA VS. #14 DAN HOOKER

WINNER: EDSON BARBOZA VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 2:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDSON BARBOZA VIA TKO

Andrews: Those kicks of Barboza are special. Once again, they helped carry him to victory.

MAIN EVENT 

#4 KEVIN LEE VS. #8 AL IAQUINTA

WINNER: AL IAQUINTA VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AL IAQUINTA VIA TKO

Andrews: Give credit to Al for weathering the storm and using his striking to regain control of the fight. It’s back to the drawing board for Lee.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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