I want to start by acknowledging that Fight night Milwaukee 2018 was a great show all round from the FP Prelims to the main event. COTY contender and a great send off for Fox.
Now to why were here, the main event. A fight that cannot be contested due to poor judging for once. A cracker of a main with the +275 dog walking away with a deserved unanimous decision.
Started with a potential KO for Ragin Al. Went in for a single leg grabbed and turned it into a spinning back elbow that clipped Motowns face with the forearm and back fist connecting clean. Kevin took this well but I'd argue that if that elbow connected it was lights out. I'm glad it didn't it would of deprived us of a 5 round classic leaving the argument that a hail mary blow was the only reason the fight was won or lost. Al landed the better significant strikes, connected with clean combos, shot for singles to bait and showed his armoury mixing it up. Lee showed ok but but was missing allot from Als head movement......
Al takes round 1
It was a close round closer than most think. First 1 minute was even and on 4 Lee shot for a single gets the body lock and muscles Al down. For the next minute and 30 he back packs Al but its defended well. Other than some illegal shots to the back of the head Lee couldn't capitalise on the body triangle. For the last 2 Al press's walks him down and boxs him up body and head. I can see why one judge gave that round to Al.
I'm split on this round they both had control of the fight for 2 minutes. Did Lee's take down and control win the round or was it Als 2 minutes of dominance and damage on the feet?
Again this is close. Up till minute 2.30 Al walks him down lands the better significant strikes, Lee's throwing his own and connecting, the exchanges quite even. At 2.30 Motown shoots a double leg controls and eventually takes a good slam takedown. The last minute and a half we are back to the body triangle and rear naked choke attempts. Al defends well.
Round 4 the championship rounds
Now it's getting interesting. Al is stepping it up. He's walking him down with intent, his hands are throwing heavier. Lands a sweet right inside the first minute and proceeds to piece Motown up with his fists hurting him multiple times, lighting him up for most of the round, the highlight a clean right head kick, shin to the side of the head. Kevin's wearing allot of damage after eating all those big shots.
We could be 2-2 here dependant on how you see round 2. The key moment is at around 4 minutes. Motown shoots doesn't finish and a great scramble by both leads to Al eventually separating fighting off the take down at 2 and a half in. This is where Ragin comes home strong in the final straight. He sends Lee into his stanky leg special with a right to the body and a big left hook. Motown does his Bambi on ice impression. The last minute is why I watch this chit. Al hands by his side meticulously chewing up Lee's body and face. Looks like he can finish him, front kick to the face. Roars with his hands down suckering Lee into a sweet right hook. Another huge right almost drops him, Motowns wobbling wishing for that bell to take him away from his New York nightmare . The fight ends with Als arms by his side screaming into the swollen mess of a face he'd left Lee wearing.
As Bruce calls the scores Kevin's standing overconfident. Shuffling his shoulders as if it's a given. And then we here the roll of that R. The winner by unanimous decision Rrrrrrrrrrrraging Al Iaquinta. The look on Kevin's face was bemusing and embarrassing he was beaten well and clear. Let's not be to harsh on him whilst he ended up looking like sloth from the Goonies he's a fighter a great one at that. But the better man won making it 2 to zero leaving no doubt who's the superior lightweight. The only question mark I see is round 2. What was your score cards?