The UFC’s most recent excursion to The Great White North finally has its own primary event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and my first reactions to the headliner are under.
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 hasn’t made this fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements have been in place the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a few months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. In the beginning, it was supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair main event. Instead, it seems that bout will be 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 with McGregor recently running into some legal troubles and not ready to go back to the Octagon, the UFC chose to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It is a wonderful fight on paper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa have to be quite happy at this time about this being the main event of the Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall in the UFC with experience fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He is now riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez in 155lbs in his last 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 among the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division and despite being 35-years-old looks like he’s possibly the best model of himself he has ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a huge mad choice win over Kevin Lee in his final fight. He’s actually won six of his last seven fights complete with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also contains a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that looks even better today that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Till at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what the opening line is to get this bout, but when I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be marginally favored. Cerrone, despite having an amazing record inside the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and generally does not get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee too, but usually is the favorite in his fights. So I would guess it’s going to be a close opening line with a slight 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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