Headliners announced for UFC Fight Night in Ottawa – Global News

Headliners announced for UFC Fight Night in Ottawa - Global News
Report: UFC finalizing Cerrone vs. Iaquinta for Ottawa
Donald Cerrone, right, punches Alexander Herenandez during the second round of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. Cerrone will fight Al Iaquinta when the UFC comes to Ottawa on May 4.

The UFC announced on Wednesday their main event bout for the Fight Night at the Canadian Tire Centre on May 4.

Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta targeted to headline UFC Ottawa

The fight will feature No. 4 ranked lightweight contender Al Iaquinta and No. 9 ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Share Share Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta targeted to headline UFC Ottawa tweet share Donald Cerrone (pictured) will fight Al Iaquinta in the lightweight main event of UFC Ottawa on May 4. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two of the lightweight divisions best are meeting in Canadas capital.

Cerrone, with a 35-11 record and one no contest, won his last fight against Alexander Hernandez in January.

Cerrone was once the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division and holds the record for most wins in the UFC with 22 and will break the record for most fights in a UFC career with 31 when he fights in Ottawa.

MMA Fightings Marc Raimondi confirmed with sources that Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta have verbally agreed to meet in the main event of UFC Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre on May 4. The bout was first reported by ESPN.

One of the featured bouts will feature a middleweight fight between No. 8 ranked Derek Brunson and No. 14 ranked Canadian Elias Theodorou.

Brunson holds an 18-7 record with several knockouts under his belt. Theodorou (17-2) has yet to break into the top 10 in the division but a win over Brunson will bring him closer to contend for the belt.

In mens bantamweight action, its Aiemann Zahabi of Laval, Que., (7-1-0) versus American Vince (Vandetta) Morales (8-3-0), Mitch Gagnon (12-4-0) of Sudbury, Ont., versus American Brian (Boom) Kelleher (19-10-0) and Winnipegs Brad (Superman) Katona (8-0-0) versus Georgias Merab Dvalishvili (8-4-0).

Heavyweight Arjan Singh Bhullar of Richmond, B.C., (8-1-0) tackles American Juan (The Kraken) Adams (5-0-0) while middleweight Marc-Andre (Power Bar) Barriault of Gatineau. Que., (11-1-0) faces American Andrew (El Dirte) Sanchez (10-4-0).

ESPNs Ariel Helwani reports the company is finalizing a lightweight clash between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Al Iaquinta to headline the May 4 card at the Canadian Tire Centre.

While nothing has been signed, Helwani notes the fight has been verbally agreed upon by both fighters.

Cerrone (35-11-1, 22-8 UFC) had been recently attached to a fight with former champion Conor McGregor, but no agreement for the fight was signed. Cerrone, 35, who holds the all-time UFC wins record, was last in action at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn in January where he defeated Alexander Hernandez by a second-round TKO.

Iaquinta (14-4-1, 7-2 UFC) fought for the vacant lightweight title last spring, losing a unanimous decision to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. The 31-year-old Iaquinta last appeared in the Octagon at UFC on FOX event last December in Milwaukee when he defeated Kevin Lee by unanimous decision.

Among the fights already signed for the card include Torontos Elias Theodorou meeting Derek Brunson at middleweight, Richmond, BCs Arjan Bhullar in a heavyweight fight with Juan Adams and Sechelt, BCs Sarah Moras taking on Leah Letson at bantamweight.