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The UFC’s latest excursion to The Great White North eventually has its own primary 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 below.
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 have been set up the contracts are just waiting to be signed.
We’ve been waiting for a couple months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. In the beginning, it was rumored 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. On the contrary, it seems that bout will be the co-main event, 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 with McGregor recently running into some legal issues and still not prepared to go back to the Octagon, the UFC decided to move on and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It’s a great fight on paper involving two of the top lightweights in the world, along with the fans in Ottawa need to be very happy at this time about this being the main event of the Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall from the UFC with experience fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He’s currently riding a two-fight win series which includes back-to-back finishes 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 ever since then. He’s one of 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 last struggle. He’s actually won six of his last seven fights complete with his lone loss during that stretch coming into UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win series also includes a choice win over Jorge Masvidal that looks even better now that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Until at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is at the prime of his career right now.
It will be interesting to find out what the opening line is for this bout, but if I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be slightly favored. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing album inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the puppy against Lee as well, but generally is your favorite in his fights. So I’d guess it will be a close starting line with a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. In any event, this is going to be a huge bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it booked.
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