The UFC’s latest excursion to The Great White North eventually has its primary event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, along with 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 has not made this fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements have been set up an the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a few months now to see 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 which was widely panned by both fans and press as a fair main event. Instead, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, with this fan-friendly fight between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
The two Cerrone and Iaquinta was calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor recently running into a legal issues and still not prepared to go back to the Octagon, the UFC decided to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It is a wonderful battle on paper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa need to be quite happy at this time about this being the main event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall from the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s currently riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his last 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 since that time. He’s among the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division and despite being 35-years-old seems like he is 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 huge mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He’s really 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 series also contains a decision win over Jorge Masvidal which looks even better now that Masvidal only 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 find out exactly what the opening line is to get this bout, however if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta could be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing record inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally does not get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but generally is your preferred in his struggles. So I’d guess it’s going to be a close starting line using a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. In any event, this is going to be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it reserved.
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