UFC on Fox 31: Milwaukee
By Claudia Peterson
UFC on Fox 31 brought us the last ever UFC on Fox fight event of the Fox era. The night was filled with exciting fights to close out the year.
A lightweight rematch between Jim Miller vs Charles Oliveira opened up the main card. The two met previously back in 2010, with Miller getting the win via kneebar submission. Tonight was an opportunity for Oliveira to avenge that loss, and we saw him get a body slam early on and then proceeded to tap Miller within the first minute via a rear naked choke. The fight was over just as soon as it started.
The second fight was a bantamweight clash between Rob Font vs Sergio Pettis. This was Pettis’ first fight back at bantamweight, having moved up from flyweight. Rob Font started out strong with the jab, and kept walking Pettis down and cruised to a unanimous decision victory. Pettis had a tough time closing the distance and getting any good shots in.
The co-main event gave us an excellent striking match between lightweights Edson Barboza vs Dan Hooker. Both fighters started out strong with the striking but began to tire in the second as things started to go to the ground. Barboza used leg kicks and body shots and finished Hooker with a liver shot, which saw Hooker curl up in a fetal position to motion the ref to stop the fight.
The main event was another lightweight rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta. Iaquinta, a massive underdog coming into this fight, outclassed Kevin Lee in the striking department. Al was able to fend off the submission attempts from Lee on two or three different occasions, something that most likely diminished Lee’s confidence as they went into the last two rounds. Iaquinta won by unanimous decision, closing out the fight with two dominant rounds in the 4th and the 5th as Lee slowed right down.