The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North eventually has its 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 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 is. In the beginning, it had been supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair principal event. Instead, it seems that bout are the co-main event, 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 still not ready to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful battle on paper between two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the lovers in Ottawa have to be very happy at this time about this being the principal event of their 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 streak that includes back-to-back finishes 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 since then. He’s one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch 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 from the UFC and is coming off of a huge upset decision win over Kevin Lee in his final fight. He has really won six of his last seven fights complete with his lone loss during that stretch coming into UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also includes a decision 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 at this time.
It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what the opening line is for this bout, however when I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful record inside the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and typically does not get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee too, but generally is your favorite in his fights. So I would guess it’s going to be a close opening line with a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it booked.
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