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The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North finally has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place 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 from 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 struggle official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements have been set up the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a few months now to find out 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 which was widely panned by both fans and media as a mediocre principal event. Instead, it seems 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 lately running into a legal issues and not ready to go back to the Octagon, the UFC chose to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful fight on newspaper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, along with the lovers in Ottawa need to be quite happy at this time about this being the principal event of the Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with experience combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s now riding a two-fight win series that 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 strong in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record since then. He is among 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 has ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming off of a huge upset choice win over Kevin Lee in his last struggle. He’s really won six of the last seven fights overall with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also contains a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that appears even better today that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is at the prime of his career right now.
It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what the opening line is to get this bout, but when I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be slightly favored. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful record within the UFC, was the underdog against 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 the preferred in his struggles. So I would guess it’s going to be a close starting line with a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it booked.
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