The UFC’s most recent excursion to The Great White North finally has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and 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 meet from the five-round Major 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 set up an the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a few months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. At first, it had been supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and press as a fair principal event. On the contrary, it appears that bout are the co-main event, for this fan-friendly struggle between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
Both Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor lately running into a legal issues and not ready to go back to the Octagon, the UFC chose to move on and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful fight on paper between two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa need to be very happy at this time about this being the main event of their Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with experience fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He’s now riding a two-fight win streak that 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 powerful in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record since then. He is one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old seems 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 choice win over Kevin Lee in his last struggle. He has actually won six of his last seven fights overall along 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 which appears even better now that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It will be interesting to see what the opening line is for this bout, but when I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite having an amazing album within the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee too, but generally is the preferred in his fights. So I’d guess it will be a close starting line with 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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