The UFC’s latest trip to The Great White North eventually has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 at 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 fulfill 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 are set up the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a few months now to see what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. In the beginning, it had been supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and press as a fair main event. On the contrary, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, with this fan-friendly struggle between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
Both Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but together with McGregor lately running into a legal issues and still not ready to go back to the Octagon, the UFC decided to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It’s a wonderful battle on paper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the fans in Ottawa need to be quite happy at this time about this being the principal event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He is now riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back finishes over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez in 155lbs in his last 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 ever since then. He is one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division and despite being 35-years-old looks like he’s possibly the best version of himself he has ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming off of a massive upset choice 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 winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also contains a choice win over Jorge Masvidal that looks even better today that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career at this time.
It’ll be interesting to find out what the opening line is for this bout, but when I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be slightly preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing record inside the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and generally does not get as much respect because he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but usually is your favorite in his struggles. So I would guess it will be a close starting line using a slight 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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