The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North finally has its primary event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 in 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 meet in 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 struggle official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements have been in place the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a couple months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. 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 media as a mediocre principal event. On the contrary, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, for this fan-friendly struggle 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 decided to move on and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It is a wonderful fight on paper involving two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the lovers in Ottawa have to be very happy at this time about this being the principal event of the Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall from the UFC with experience 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 in 155lbs in his past two outings. After going on a three-fight losing skid in 2017, Cerrone has rebounded powerful in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record since then. He’s one of 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 has ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming from a massive upset decision win over Kevin Lee in his last fight. He’s actually won six of the last seven fights complete along 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 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 at this time.
It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what the opening line is to get this bout, but if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be marginally preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful album within the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but usually is the preferred in his struggles. So I’d guess it will be a close opening line with a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it reserved.
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