DONALD CERRONE VS. AL IAQUINTA HEADLINES UFC OTTAWACat:未分類
The UFC’s latest excursion to The Great White North finally has its own main event. UFC Fight Night 150 occurs Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and 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 fulfill in 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 have been waiting for a few months now to see exactly what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. In the beginning, it had been rumored to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and media as a fair principal event. Instead, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, for this fan-friendly struggle between Cerrone and Iaquinta headlining instead.
The two Cerrone and Iaquinta had been calling for a superfight against Conor McGregor, but with McGregor recently running into some legal issues and not ready to return to the Octagon, the UFC decided to move on and book Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a great battle on paper between two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the lovers in Ottawa have to be quite happy right now about this being the principal event of their Fight Night .
Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 complete from the UFC with expertise fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. He is now 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 powerful in 2018 and 2019 with a 3-1 record ever since that time. He is among 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 massive mad choice win over Kevin Lee in his final struggle. He has actually won six of his last seven fights complete 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 which appears even better today that Masvidal only knocked out Darren Till at UFC London. At age 31, Iaquinta is in the prime of his career right now.
It will be interesting to see exactly what the opening line is for this bout, however if I had to guess I’d say Iaquinta could be marginally preferred. Cerrone, despite getting an amazing album inside the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and typically does not get as much respect because he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee too, but generally is your preferred in his fights. So I would guess it will be a close starting line using a slight lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this is going to be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for receiving it booked.
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