A mouth-watering clash featuring top lightweight contender Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta is set for UFC on Fox 31 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on 15th December 2016.
This fight is a rematch of their first fight which took place back in 2014 at UFC 169, a fight which Al Iaquinta beat Lee via unanimous decision. However, Kevin Lee is a whole another animal now and back then he fought Al in his UFC debut.
He recently appeared on MMAJunkie radio and gave a detailed thought on the rematch with Kevin Lee.
“I just know I’ve gotten a lot better,” said Iaquinta. “I’ve put in so much work. I’ve progressed in my life in every way. I’ve always enjoyed fighting, but when I was about the same age (as Kevin) when I went through a tough knee surgery, and it really opened my eyes to how the sport really is. So I definitely have learned a ton about life and everything since then.
“He’s just been focusing on fighting, and I think as a person, I’ve grown as an inside and outside of the cage. I’m not worried about money any more. I’m just worried about having fun, and what I have the most fun doing is fighting. You’re going to see the best Al Iaquinta out there, with no worries.”
Al Iaquinta is now completely focused on the rematch and he means business.
“It was all fun in games and it was all good to punk at Kevin a little bit,” Iaquinta said. “But once the fight gets signed, it’s all business. I’m just focused on training hard every day. And when I say it’s all business, I mean it’s all real business. Like, fight business, not like hype, fake business. Real business.”
He also gave his thoughts on getting a title shot and how important it is for him to win this fight against Lee.
“If I go out there and put on a dominant performance, it puts you right up there,” he said. “You never know in this sport. I got a freakin’ title shot as the No. 11 guy. You win in you’re in that top mix. To have people talking about you, at any time you could be thrown in there. I learned so much in that last fight, so I’m going to be ready for any opportunity that comes my way.”
Who do you think wins this rematch bout?