Lee, a onetime interim title challenger, said he had other options on the table, among them Justin Gaethje and the winner of UFC 229’s co-headliner between Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis.
“If I’m looking at Milwaukee card, I’m pretty sure Pettis wants that in his hometown,” he told MMAjunkie. “It’s a big card, it’s a big fight, and what more can you ask for? I’m enjoying myself.
“If that’s the one that’s approached with me, if there’s no better option, I’m interested in the fight. It would be an easy fight. But it doesn’t really get me up as much in the morning as much as the winner of Tony and Pettis.”
According to a report today from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lee has taken the easy fight – he will face Iaquinta in the UFC on FOX 31 main event, which takes place Dec. 15 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis.
The event’s main card airs live on FOX following prelims expected to air on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Lee, 26, is coming off a dominant win over Edson Barboza, which put him back in the win column after a submission loss to Ferguson for the interim belt at UFC 216.
“The Motown Phenom” gets a chance at redemption opposite Iaquinta, 31, who outpointed him four years ago at UFC 169. Since that fight, Iaquinta has gone 5-2 in the octagon, most recently stepping up on extreme short notice for a title shot against current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) took Nurmagomedov the distance and availed himself well in later rounds, but was never close to winning the fight. Since then, he’s shifted his focus to Lee, trading barbs on social media.
Lee recently talked up a grappling grudge match against Bellator star Dillon Danis, offering to put money up on the result. It’s unclear if the matchup took place.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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