UFC Milwaukee’s main-event headliner will feature lightweight contender Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta as they run back their 2014 UFC 169 showdown.
Iaquinta hosted Lee in his UFC debut and managed to welcome the 21-year-old to the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion with a loss on the scorecards.
In the time since, ‘Ragin’ Al has managed to put together a 5-2 record, losing out to Mitch Clarke and more recently, divisional champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on short notice.
For Lee, we have seen him improve tremendously in the four or so years since. At 10-2, he has defeated the likes of Edson Barboza, Michael Chiesa, and Fransisco Trinaldo on the way towards establishing himself as a legitimate contender within the division.
The UFC revealed their plans to have both men square off in the main-event of December’s UFC Milwaukee via their official Twitter account.
— UFC (@ufc) October 10, 2018
Lightweight does appear to be settling into a more stable era now since the champion Khabib put his hold on the belt beyond any question last weekend.
And while Lee/Iaquinta might not be a fight in which we see a number-1 contender emerge, both guys could find themselves within one fight of the title if they can put on an impressive performance.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena