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A ‘devastated’ Kevin Lee issues statement following UFC Milwaukee loss: ‘I really don’t feel lower than I do right now’

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Kevin Lee came up short last night (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018) at UFC on FOX 31 from inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in his quest to avenge a 2014 loss to lightweight rival Al Iaquinta.

While “Motown Phenom” had his moments in UFC Milwaukee’s main event it was Iaquinta’s pressure and aggressive striking that ultimately ruled the way. “Raging Al” was able to hurt Lee on multiple occasions with furious right hands before pulling away down the stretch and walking out of UFC’s FOX finale with the unanimous decision win.

Lee, who expressed supreme confidence before the fight that he’d get revenge on Iaquinta from their first meeting nearly five years ago, issued the following response backstage following last night’s loss (h/t MMAjunkie):

“You know,” Lee began. “I’m devastated. Embarrassed. You know these sports sometimes have like the lowest of lows. You know I really don’t feel lower than I do right now, but I’ll be alright. You know, I might not get another shot at Al (Iaquinta). I’ve fought a lot of great fighters in my career and he’s definitely up there. We’ll see what comes next.”

Lee, 26, might be being a little too hard on himself. While Iaquinta is a hittable fighter who was controlled by “Motown Phenom” at points, he’s a world-class lightweight contender coming off a five-round title fight opposite undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta also seemed to fight the best fight of his UFC career to date, even taking into account his victories over Jorge Masvidal, Diego Sanchez, and Joe Lauzon.

Despite this loss, look for Lee to rebound in the first quarter of 2019. He’s too talented of a fighter not to shake off this defeat and get back on the horse. After all, Lee’s record still remains at an impressive 10-4 since his UFC debut back in 2014.

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