The UFC’s most recent excursion to The Great White North eventually has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and my initial reactions to the headliner are under.
Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150
Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta will meet in 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 are in place an the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a couple months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. 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 main event. On the contrary, it seems that bout will be the co-main occasion, for 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 together with McGregor lately running into some legal troubles and still not ready to return to the Octagon, the UFC chose to proceed and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful battle on newspaper between two of the top lightweights in the world, and the fans in Ottawa have to be quite happy right now about this being the main event of the Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall in the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He is currently riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back finishes over Mike Perry at 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his past two outings. After going on a three-fight losing skid in 2017, Cerrone has rebounded strong in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record ever since that time. He’s one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old seems like he’s maybe the best version of himself he has ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a massive upset choice win over Kevin Lee in his last struggle. He’s actually 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 contains a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that appears even better today that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Till at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It will be interesting to find out what the opening line is for this bout, however if I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be marginally preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing album within the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally does not get as much respect because he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee too, but generally is the favorite in his struggles. So I’d guess it will be a close opening line using a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it booked.
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