DONALD CERRONE VS. AL IAQUINTA HEADLINES UFC OTTAWA

The UFC’s most recent excursion to The Great White North finally has its primary 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 below.
Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150
Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta will fulfill in the five-round main 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 an the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a couple months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. In the beginning, it had been rumored to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and media as a mediocre main event. Instead, it appears that bout will be the co-main event, 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 not prepared to return to the Octagon, the UFC chose to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It’s a wonderful fight on paper involving two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the lovers 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 from the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He is now riding a two-fight win series 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 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 maybe the best model of himself he’s ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming from a massive mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He’s actually won six of his last seven fights overall with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also includes a choice win over Jorge Masvidal which appears even better today that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Till at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career at this time.
It will be interesting to see exactly what the opening line is for this bout, however if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta could be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite having an amazing record inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and typically does not get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee too, but generally is the favorite in his struggles. So I’d guess it’s going to be a close opening line with a little 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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