Kevin Lee had a setback on Saturday night in Milwaukee.
Lee, who was ranked fourth in the division was set to take on eighth-ranked Al Iaquinta. It was a rematch four years in the making after Iaquinta defeated Lee back in 2014. Before the fight, Lee was saying he has gotten so much better than Iaquinta and couldn’t wait to show it off. However, it turns out, Iaquinta just has Lee’s number.
Iaquinta defeated Lee by unanimous decision and will put Lee down the rankings. Lee will now try and work his way back up to the top. Ultimately, even though he lost, Lee still has a ton of confidence and knows he will be a UFC champion eventually.
“The fight on Saturday, I still feel like we won it,” Lee said on Instagram. “I fought a lot off my back foot as a southpaw and against my natural fighting style. My explosiveness and coming forward and being aggressive. I tried to show something a little too different. Al showed up, he put on a great performance, landed a great shot in the fourth round.
“All I can say is, I’m going to be back and I’m still going to be a champ regardless of where it’s at and what it is.”
Lee is now back to the drawing board after a tough loss to his rival in Iaquinta. A win would have possibly set him up for a fight with Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier with the winner getting the next title shot. Now, Lee has more questions than answers. Will he move up to welterweight? How much does the weight cut affect him? Why couldn’t he beat Iaquinta?
As Lee says, he is full of confidence and knows he will be a champion eventually. This is just a minor set back, and one that will push Lee out of the top-five in the stacked lightweight division.