The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North finally has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs 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 fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements are set up the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a couple months now to find out exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. At first, it was supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson that was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair main event. Instead, it seems that bout are the co-main event, for this fan-friendly fight between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
Both Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor lately running into a legal issues and still not prepared to go back to the Octagon, the UFC chose to move on and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another rather than It’s a wonderful battle on newspaper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa need to be quite happy right now about this being the main event of their Fight Night card.
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete in the UFC with experience combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s currently riding a two-fight win streak which 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 strong in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record since that time. He is one of the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight division and despite being 35-years-old seems 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 massive upset decision win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He has actually won six of his last seven fights complete along with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also includes a decision win over Jorge Masvidal that looks even better now that Masvidal just knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It’ll be interesting to see what the opening line is to get this bout, however when I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta would be marginally favored. Cerrone, despite having an wonderful album within 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 too, but usually is the favorite in his struggles. So I’d guess it will be a close opening line using a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this will be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it reserved.
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