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13 Dec 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta 2 at UFC on Fox 31

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 31? Sunday 16th December, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 31? Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What channel is UFC on Fox 31 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 31? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 31? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta take the honour of headlining the last UFC event on the Fox deal and what a compelling rematch it is. ‘Ragin’ Al handed Lee his first loss back in 2014 with a unanimous decision. They were evenly-matched, showing off some very high-level grappling, but Iaquinta was a lot smoother on the feet and delivered more damage.

Despite losing, Lee was very impressive going toe-to-toe with Iaquinta at only 21 years old. Since, they have both continued to improve as they have racked up some big wins. Lee is coming off a dominant win over top contender Edson Barboza and Iaquinta is coming off an opportunistic title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov where he gave the Russian one of the toughest fights of his career.

THE PREDICTION

Lee’s grappling was always good but now it is exceptional and will surely be plan A in this five-round battle. However, after Nurmagomedov’s performance against Iaquinta, it is easy to forget the level of his grappling skills and if he lands that overhand right early he could easily send Lee to the canvas.

This fight will be even tighter and the standard will be even higher. However, Lee has improved at an incredible rate and we haven’t seen the best of him yet.

Winner: Lee via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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