The UFC’s latest excursion to The Great White North finally has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, along with my initial reactions to the headliner are below.
Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150
Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta will fulfill from the five-round Major event of UFC Fight Night 150, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The UFC has not made this struggle official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements have been in place an the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a few months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. In the beginning, it had been supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair principal event. Instead, it seems that bout will be the co-main occasion, with this fan-friendly fight between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
The two Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor recently running into some legal troubles and still not prepared to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to proceed and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful fight on paper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa need to be quite happy right now about this being the main event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall in the UFC with experience fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He’s now riding a two-fight win streak which includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his past 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 branch and despite being 35-years-old looks like he’s maybe 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 massive mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He has 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 choice win over Jorge Masvidal which appears even better now that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is at the prime of his career right now.
It will be interesting to see what the opening line is for this bout, however if I had to guess I would say Iaquinta would be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful album within the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect because he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee too, but usually is the favorite in his struggles. So I would guess it will be a close starting line using a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. In any event, this is going to be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it booked.
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