Round 1: They meet in the middle of the cage. Both work to establish their jabs early. Couture delivers an outside leg kick. Iaquinta moves in with a right hand. Couture answers with a front kick to the body. Iaquinta lands a left hand to the body followed by a right hand upstairs. Couture lands leg kicks. Iaquinta lands to the body. Iaquinta lands a hard right hand and Couture immediately clinches. Iaquinta pushes Couture away. Iaquinta switches stances. Couture lands an outside leg kick and Iaquinta catches it and takes Couture down. Couture gets back to his feet and they exchange. Iaquinta wins the exchange. Iaquinta lands a hard left hand to the body. Couture leaps in and lands a flying knee. Iaquinta throwing heavy punches. Couture delivers a combination. Couture picks up the pace with another combination. Iaquinta ducks under and takes Couture down. He lands a hard right hand in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta.
Round 2: Iaquinta lands a right hand. He lands an outside leg kick. Couture works for a single leg takedown. He presses Iaquinta against the cage. He lands knees tot he thigh of Iaquinta. Iaquinta turns him and they separate. They exchange jabs. Iaquinta steps in with a right hand. Couture is backing up. Iaquinta lands to the body. Iaquinta lands a hard right hand. Couture works for a single leg takedown but Iaquinta shakes off the attempt. Iaquinta presses forward. Couture lands a front kick to the body followed by a leg kick. Iaquinta presses forward with punches. He delivers a combination. Couture lands a right hand. Iaquinta secures a takedown in the closing seconds of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta.
Round 3: Couture’s corner tells him to put Iaquinta on his back. Couture lands an outside leg kick to start the round. He delivers a spinning back kick to the body. Couture changes levels and takes Iaquinta down. Iaquinta quickly gets back to his feet. They battle for position inside the clinch. Iaquinta turns Couture and pushes him away. Iaquinta lands a left hook as Couture moved in. Couture lands a flying knee that backs Iaquinta up. Iaquinta lands a counter right hand. Couture answers with a kick to the body. Couture works for a takedown but Iaquinta stuffs it. He delivers a series of shots to the body of Couture. Iaquinta land a right hand. The damage is showing on Couture’s face. Iaquinta lands a nasty elbow on the inside that sends Couture backward. Couture is bleeding. Iaquinta takes him down and lands punches. Couture gets to his feet. He fires back at Iaquinta but Iaquinta lands another right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta.
The judges score the fight for Iaquinta by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.