A lightweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta is expected to headline UFC Fight Night 150 (Aka UFC On ESPN+ 8) on May 4th in Ottawa, Canada.
Cerrone had been pushing hard for a fight with Conor McGregor this year and had looked close to securing it at one stage with ‘The Notorious’ also appearing keen on the idea, but it appears to have since fallen through and ‘Cowboy’ is now moving on.
Cerrone is coming off a successful return down to the lightweight division, TKO’ing up-and-coming talent Alexander Hernandez back in January.
Prior to that he had actually earned a good first round submission win over Mike Perry at welterweight, but having lost four of his previous five bouts in the division, leaving him with an overall 5-4 record there, he’d already made up his mind to move back to 155lbs.
As for Iaquinta, he’s coming off a big victory against Kevin Lee in December, returning him to winning ways in impressive fashion.
Before that ‘Raging’ Al had stepped in at the last minute to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in April of 2018, but convincingly lost by unanimous decision.
That ended a strong run of five victories for Iaquinta that had seen him defeat the likes of Diego Sanchez, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon and Ross Pearson.
Cerrone vs. Iaquinta will front a UFC Fight Night 150 card that will also feature Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou.