The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North finally has its own primary event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, along with my first reactions to the headliner are below.
Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150
Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta will meet from the five-round main event of UFC Fight Night 150, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The UFC has not made this fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements are set up the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a few months now to find out exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. At first, it had been rumored to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair main event. On the contrary, it appears that bout will be the co-main event, for this fan-friendly fight between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
The two Cerrone and Iaquinta was calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor lately running into a legal issues and not ready to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It’s a wonderful battle on newspaper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa need to be quite happy right now about this being the main event of their Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s currently riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez in 155lbs in his past two outings. After going on a three-fight losing skid in 2017, Cerrone has rebounded powerful in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record ever since that time. He’s one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old seems like he’s possibly the best model of himself he’s ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming off of a huge mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his last fight. He’s actually won six of the last seven fights complete along with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also includes a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that appears even better now that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is at the prime of his career at this time.
It will be interesting to find out exactly what the opening line is to get this bout, however if I had to guess I would say Iaquinta would be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing album inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee as well, but usually is your favorite in his struggles. So I would guess it will be a close starting line using a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. In any event, this will be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it reserved.
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