The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North eventually has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs 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 fulfill in the five-round main event of UFC Fight Night 150, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The UFC hasn’t made this struggle official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements are in place an the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a few months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. At first, it was rumored to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and press as a mediocre main event. On the contrary, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, with this fan-friendly struggle between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
The two Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but together with McGregor lately running into a legal issues and still not ready to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It is a great battle on newspaper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa need to be very happy at this time about this being the principal event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete from the UFC with experience fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He is currently riding a two-fight win series that includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry at 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his last two outings. After going to a three-fight losing skid in 2017, Cerrone has rebounded strong in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record ever since then. He is one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division and despite being 35-years-old seems like he is possibly the best version of himself he’s ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming from a huge mad choice win over Kevin Lee in his last fight. He’s actually won six of his last seven fights overall with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also contains a choice win over Jorge Masvidal that appears even better today that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It’ll be interesting to find out what the opening line is for this bout, but if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful album within the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally does not get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but usually is the favorite in his fights. So I’d guess it will be a close opening line using a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it reserved.
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