UFC Is Looking To Book A Fight Between Al Iaquinta And Donald Cerrone
The lightweight division is one of the most exciting and full of super talented fighters in the UFC. We’re going to witness an intriguing fight as according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, UFC is in discussion to book a lightweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta for UFC on ESPN+ 8 main event which takes place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
“UFC is currently discussing a potential Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone main event fight for the May 4 card in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, sources say. The fight isn’t finalized or signed, but it is definitely being seriously discussed at the moment.”
Then Helwani put out another updated Tweet stating:
“Update: I’m told both sides have now verbally agreed and the fight is all but done.” Helwani’s tweets read.”
Update: I’m told both sides have now verbally agreed and the fight is all but done. https://t.co/3ZpXxiWa72
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2019
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone who’s coming off a second-round TKO over Alexander Hernandez at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January was recently linked to fighting Conor Mcgregor. Unfortunately, the negotiation failed to come to fruition as UFC wanted to book this fight as co-main event however Irishman wanted a Pay-Per-View headliner. After the talks fell off UFC president, Dana White said he wants to book Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta and Mcgregor who’s targeting a summer return looking for a grudge match against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Moreover, Mcgregor recently said he’s willing to take a co-headline spot if he’s offered a share in UFC revenues. (h/t MMAJunkie)
“I’m ready to fight,” McGregor said while in Chicago promoting his Proper 12 whiskey. “I’ve said that, no problem. If the UFC wants me to slide into that co-main event and help … what that is, me sliding into the co-main event, it’s boosting their brand over fighter rhetoric that they have.
“There’s no problem with that. But if they want me to push that – and I have no problem pushing that – give me my rightful share in the UFC company. That’s all I ask. You can put me on the first fight of ESPN+, no problem. So let’s see how it goes.”
Cerrone also targeted a fight with Nate Diaz however things fall off before the fight agreements signed on both sides.
Al Iaquinta meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over Kevin Lee back in December. Before this setback, ‘Raging Al’ suffered a unanimous decision loss from the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223 back in April.
Check below the UFC Ottawa fight line up:
Middleweight – 185lbs: Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou
Heavyweight – 207-265lbs: Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams
Bantamweight – 135lbs: Sarah Moras vs. Leah Letson
Bantamweight Brad Katona vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Middleweight: Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Andrew Sanchez
Bantamweight: Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher
Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vince Morales
Welterweight – 170lbs: Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Heavyweight: Alexey Oleynik vs. Walt Harris
Featherweight – 145lbs: Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles
Share your thoughts who’ll come out on top when ‘Cowboy’ and Iaquinta throwdown?