The UFC’s latest excursion 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, and 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 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 are in place the contracts are only waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a few months now to see what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. At first, it was rumored to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and media as a mediocre main event. Instead, it seems that bout are the co-main event, for this fan-friendly struggle 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 some legal troubles and not prepared to return to the Octagon, the UFC chose to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It’s a great fight on newspaper between two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa have to be quite happy right now about this being the principal event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete from the UFC with expertise fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He’s now riding a two-fight win series that includes back-to-back finishes over Mike Perry in 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez at 155lbs in his last two outings. After going to a three-fight losing skid in 2017, Cerrone has rebounded strong in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record ever since that time. He’s among the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old seems like he’s maybe the best model of himself he’s ever been.
Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 from the UFC and is coming off of a huge upset decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He has really won six of the last seven fights overall with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also includes a choice win over Jorge Masvidal that looks even better today 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 when I had to guess I would say Iaquinta would be marginally preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an wonderful album inside the UFC, was the underdog from Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but generally is your favorite 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 is going to be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it booked.
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