Al Iaquinta’s striking looked sharper than ever tonight at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, as he stalked Ryan Couture and landed combinations throughout all three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory in the night’s second bout.
Iaquinta and Couture (pictured above) exchanged strikes throughout the first round of the lightweight bout — with Couture landing a few nice front kicks and leg kicks, while Iaquinta scored with punching combinations. But, at around the three minute mark, Iaquinta’s punching had Couture back pedaling. Couture hit a flying knee near the end of the round, but the stanza belonged to the Serra/Longo standout Iaquinta.
The second round featured more of the same, with Couture’s bright moments growing fewer and further between. A big overhand right landed and shook Couture — but he just kept coming.
Couture rallied in the third, but Iaquinta regained control, backing the second generation UFC fighter against the cage for some powerful punches, particularly to the body.
Couture was bloodied, but continued fighting throughout. Scores came in at 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27, each for Iaquinta.
At UFC 164, Al Iaquinta defeated Ryan Couture by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).