The UFC’s most recent trip to The Great White North finally has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 at 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 Major event of UFC Fight Night 150, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The UFC has not made this fight official yet, but Helwani reports that verbal agreements are in place the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We have been waiting for a couple months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa would be. 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 principal event. Instead, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, with this fan-friendly fight between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
Both Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but together with McGregor recently running into a legal troubles and not prepared to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful battle on newspaper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa have 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 overall from the UFC with expertise combating both lightweight and welterweight. He’s now riding a two-fight win streak that includes back-to-back finishes over Mike Perry at 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 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 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 his last seven fights complete along 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 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 see what the opening line is to get this bout, but if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta could be slightly favored. Cerrone, despite having an wonderful record within the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and typically doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee as well, but usually is your favorite in his fights. So I’d guess it’s going to be a close opening 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 receiving it reserved.
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