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The UFC’s most recent excursion to The Great White North eventually has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, along with my first 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 Major event of UFC Fight Night 150, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The UFC hasn’t made this fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements are set up an the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a couple months now to see what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. 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 press as a fair principal event. Instead, it seems that bout will be the co-main event, with this fan-friendly struggle between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
Both Cerrone and Iaquinta was calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but together with McGregor lately running into some legal troubles and still not ready to go back to the Octagon, the UFC chose to proceed and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It’s a great fight on paper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa have to be quite happy right now about this being the principal event of the Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with expertise fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He is currently riding a two-fight win series that includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry at 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 that time. He’s one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division 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 from a massive upset decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He’s actually won six of his last seven fights complete along with his lone loss during that stretch coming into UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also includes a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that appears even better now that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is at the prime of his career at this time.
It’ll be interesting to see what the opening line is for this bout, however when I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be slightly favored. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing record inside 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 too, but usually 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 booked.
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