Al Iaquinta remembers his first battle with Kevin Lee, claims rematch has been a very long time coming

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12 Dec 2018, 17:18 IST

Al Iaquinta
Al Iaquinta

What is the story?

Since handing Kevin Lee a loss in his UFC debut about 5 years in the past, ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta appears to be fairly assured forward of their scheduled rematch which takes place this coming Sunday.

Talking with MMAWeekly just lately, Iaquinta revealed that when the UFC got here calling and requested Iaquinta to simply accept a rematch towards ‘The Mowtown Phenom’, the previous did not waste any time in accepting the rematch.

In case you did not know…

At UFC 169, Kevin Lee made his promotional debut for the Final Preventing Championship and in his first battle contained in the Octagon, ‘The Motown Phenom’ confronted off and was finally overwhelmed by prime Light-weight contender Al Iaquinta.

The guts of the matter

In accordance with Al Iaquinta, he feels that that is undoubtedly the proper time to have two of essentially the most proficient Light-weight fighters to go toe-to-toe with one another by way of one other extremely anticipated rematch within the UFC.

Iaquinta famous that each he and Lee have been going back-and-forth with one another not solely on social media however by way of rankings as properly.

“It’s undoubtedly a battle that’s been a very long time coming. We’ve been going forwards and backwards at one another so far as poking at one another. We’ve additionally been going forwards and backwards by way of the rankings. I received a bunch of fights, I grew to become ranked and he was calling me out. Then he received ranked increased than me, I used to be calling him out.”

‘Raging Al’ additional added that this undoubtedly appears to be the fitting time for a rematch between himself and Kevin Lee, as he added:

“It appeared like that is the proper time for that battle to occur.”

Iaquinta even recalled his first assembly with Lee 5 years in the past, claiming that ‘The Mowtown Phenom’ was quite amateurish again then, nevertheless, the present model of Kevin Lee is certainly loads greater, stronger and is skilled as properly.

“I do bear in mind him being robust, robust, younger and inexperienced. I bear in mind him within the again he appeared misplaced however making an attempt to look robust. He was grilling me form of amateurish. Sort of new to the sport however a younger, hungry child. He’s come a good distance. He’s very seasoned now. He’s greater and stronger now and extra skilled now.”

What’s subsequent?

Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will meet in a mega rematch later this month as a part of UFC on Fox: 31 which takes place on the 16th of December on the Fiserv Discussion board in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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