The UFC’s latest trip 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 fulfill in the five-round Major 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 in place the contracts are only waiting to be signed. We’ve been waiting for a couple months now to find out what the main event of UFC Ottawa is. At first, it was supposed to be a middleweight bout between Elias Theodorou and Derek Brunson which was widely panned by both fans and media as a mediocre principal event. Instead, it appears that bout are the co-main occasion, for this fan-friendly struggle 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 some legal issues and not prepared to go back to the Octagon, the UFC decided to proceed and reserve Cerrone and Iaquinta against one another instead. It is a wonderful fight on newspaper involving two of the very best lightweights in the world, and the fans in Ottawa have to be quite happy at this time about this being the principal event of their Fight Night . Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) is 22-8 overall in the UFC with experience combating both lightweight and welterweight. He is now riding a two-fight win streak that includes back-to-back endings over Mike Perry at 170lbs and Alexander Hernandez in 155lbs in his last 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 among the most complete fighters in the UFC lightweight branch and despite being 35-years-old looks like he is possibly the best version of himself he’s ever been. Iaquinta (14-4-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a huge mad decision win over Kevin Lee in his last struggle. He has actually won six of the last seven fights complete with his lone loss during that stretch coming to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. That win streak also includes a choice win over Jorge Masvidal which looks even better now that Masvidal just 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, but when I had to guess I would say Iaquinta could be marginally favored. Cerrone, despite having an amazing record within the UFC, was the underdog against Perry and Hernandez and generally doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves. Iaquinta was the dog against Lee too, but generally is your favorite in his fights. So I would guess it will be a close starting line with a little lean to the younger Iaquinta. Either way, this is going to be a tremendous bout and kudos to the UFC for getting it booked. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated should you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more:
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