Round 1: The fighters touch gloves to start the opening round. Lee presses forward. Lee lands his jab. Iaquinta delivers a left hand that knocks Lee down. Lee gets to his feet. Iaquinta goes after him. He lands to the body. Lee ties him up but Iaquinta pushes him away. Iaquinta lands a left hand. Lee misses with a combination. Lee works to get the fight to the ground. Iaquinta isolates a leg and works for a heel hook. Lee gets his leg free. Lee takes Iaquinta’s back. Iaquinta stands and they separate. Iaquinta goes to the body with a left hand. Lee misses with a huge right hand. Iaquinta lands a combination. Lee lands a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Iaquinta.
Round 2: They exchange jabs. Lee fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Iaquinta presses forward. Lee ducks under a left hand and takes Iaquinta down. He takes Iaquinta’s back. He works for a rear naked choke. Iaquinta peels an arm away but Lee re-applies the choke. Lee has his arm under Iaquinta’s chin. Iaquinta escapes the choke. Lee applies a body triangle. Lee works for the choke again. Iaquinta defends the submission attempt. Two minutes remain in the round. Lee delivers elbows. Iaquinta switches the body triangle to the other side. Lee delivers an elbow to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Lee.
Round 3: Iaquinta lands a big right hand that send Lee backing way. Iaquinta leads with an uppercut that lands. Lee looks to get the fight to the ground and does. Lee lands shots. Iaquinta gets back to his feet. Lee lands a short right hand. Iaquinta lands a left hand. Lee slips but immediately gets back to his feet. Iaquinta looks to get the fight to the ground. Lee shakes off the attempt. Iaquinta inches forward. He lands a right hand. They exchange jabs. Lee changes levels and tries to get the fight to the ground. Iaquinta stuffs it. Lee gets another takedown attempt stuffed. Lee lands a right hand. Iaquinta goes to the body and then back to the head. Iaquinta presses forward. He lands a right hand followed by a left. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Iaquinta.
The judges scored the fight for Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 28-27.
“He was tough. I almost had him in the first round but he pulled through it and kept his composure. Second round I got caught in a familiar position but I was able to get through it. But third round, that’s my round. I don’t lose there.”