The UFC Visited Milwaukee Wisconsin this past weekend at the Fiserv Forum for the final card on Fox. The TV deal with the UFC and FOX has come to a close as the UFC will move to ESPN starting in 2019. What a way to go out though, Al Iaquinta defeating Kevin Lee by Unanimous decision in their rematch. While in the co-main event Dan Hooker showed just how tough he is , losing by a forth round body punch to Edson Barboza. Rob Font also got a good Unanimous decision win over Sergio Pettis. While Charles Oliveria avenged his loss to Jim Miller by beating him by submission.
Beating Kevin Lee moved Al to the 4th rank spot in the UFC’s Lightweight division. The only other fighters ahead of him besides the champion are Conor McGregor , Tony Ferguson, and Dustin Porier. One of those three fighters will more then likely be fighting the champion next. The most common thought is that the remaining two would be Porier and McGregor, witch would make a great rematch story line for the UFC. Unless Al wants to wait until the later part of next year, it is possible his next fight will be either Barboza or Justin Gaethje. He who witch just called out Al on twitter after Al’s fight with Lee. In Al’s post fight interview he called for a fight with Conor McGregor, claiming that he is more worthy of a rematch with Khabib then Conor is. Saying that he went the full five rounds with Khabib on one day notice while Conor tapped with a full training camp.
Next fight: Al Iaquinta vs Conor McGregor
Kevin Lee is still a very young athlete in the UFC’s lightweight division. He will remain at the top of the division for years to come. Just recently the UFC made it clear that they believe Anthony Pettis is still a top contender at lightweight. They gave him a number one contender fight with Tony Ferguson in witch he lost. Although losing that fight he remains one of the top fighters in that division and would contrast really well with Lee. It would be a classic striker vs wrestler match up.
Next fight: Kevin Lee vs Anthony Pettis
With Barboza getting back in the win column this Saturday, he will be looking to keep moving forward with the UFC. The UFC vet will look to keep climbing the lightweight division. What better way to do that then to fight Justin Gaethje who is always ready to go to war. Barboza throwing high velocity strikes with his legs, Gaethje will spend most of the fight chomping at Barboza’s legs like trees. The fight will decide weather Barboza can weather the storm and finish Gaethje in the later rounds.
Next fight: Edson Barboza vs Justin Gaethje
Font’s win on Saturday sprung him to the number 10 spot in the UFC’s 135 lbs division. Sitting just ahead of him in the 9th position is Pedro Munhoz. Munhoz beat Font back in July of 2017 by submission. Now that they are ranked so close to each other by the UFC, it may be time to run it back. The test will be to see if Font can make it a different fight then the first fight. He has to keep it standing by staying at distance.
Next fight: Rob Font vs Pedro Munhoz
Pettis made his 135 lbs debut in his loss this past weekend to Rob Font. Being a bigger name its common to see Sergio still fight a ranked opponent. Even though he lost his first fight in the division, he should still be right outside the top 15. Ranked at number 13 is one Thomas Almedia. The UFC vet is riding a fight losing streak to Jimmy Rivera, and most recently to Rob Font. He hasn’t won a fight since 2016 and a lot of fans speculate that Almedia’s best days are behind him despite his somewhat young age. Keeping Pettis relevant and seeing two high level strikers fight each other is enough for the UFC to want to get this fight booked.
Next fight: Sergio Pettis vs Thomas Almedia
Written by: Michael Lynch
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