The UFC’s latest trip to The Great White North finally has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and my first reactions to the headliner are below.
Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150
Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta will meet from the five-round main 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 in place the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a few months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. At first, it was supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and press as a mediocre main event. Instead, it seems that bout are 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 with McGregor lately running into some legal issues 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 is a wonderful battle on paper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, and 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 complete from the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s currently riding a two-fight win streak which includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry at 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his past 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’s among the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old looks like he is possibly the best model of himself he’s ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming from a huge mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his last fight. He has really won six of his last seven fights complete along with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also includes 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 see exactly what the opening line is for this bout, however if I had to guess I would say Iaquinta would be slightly favored. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful record inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect because he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee as well, but generally is the preferred in his fights. So I’d guess it’s going to be a close starting line using a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. In any event, this is going to be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it reserved.
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