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UFC champ Khabib congratulates ‘strong’ Al Iaquinta following win over Kevin Lee

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Khabib Nurmagomedov credits Al Iaquinta for his big win over Kevin Lee at UFC on FOX 31.

MMA: UFC 229 - Weigh Ins Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Lee was the favorite heading into last night’s main event at UFC on FOX 31, but Al Iaquinta proved the doubters wrong by picking up a hard-fought decision over ‘The Motown Phenom’ at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fans may have overlooked Iaquinta, but reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who shared an Octagon with ‘Raging Al’ back at UFC 223, knew his former opponent was ‘strong’ enough to pull off the win.

Nurmagomedov, who beat Iaquinta via unanimous decision earlier this year, congratulated the New Yorker on his Performance of the Night.

‘The Eagle’ also offered Kevin Lee some advice, telling the 26-year-old to ‘stay humble.’

Nurmagomedov last fought at the blockbuster UFC 229 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, where he submitted Conor McGregor with a neck crank in the main event. The undefeated Dagestani is expected to meet with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) next year over his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. Nurmagomedov could face a possible fine and suspension.

As for Iaquinta, expect the 31-year-old to surge into the top-five once the UFC updates its rankings.