UFC Ottawa: Cerrone Beats Iaquinta, Calls for Conor Fight

Donald Cerrone appears to be back in the lightweight title picture, making that statement with a big win over Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Ottawa.

Iaquinta got off to a head start early with kicks before the two exchanged throughout the first round, though Cerrone landed the biggest shot towards the end of the first with a head kick that somehow didn’t rock Iaquinta. Cerrone tried to continue his momentum with a flurry in the second round, but Iaquinta answered back with punches to the jaw and several kicks. Cerrone, however, left his own mark by busting Iaquinta open.

Both traded kicks to start the third, but Cerrone began to apply pressure and made Iaquinta eat more kicks before dropping him near the end of the round and coming close to getting a possible stoppage. Cerrone dropped Iaquinta once more in the fourth round before turning up the volume, trying to get the stoppage by attacking Iaquinta’s busted up nose.

Iaquinta did his best in the fifth round, landing several hard shots, but Cerrone remained on his front foot and in control of the fight.

Cerrone won on all three judges’ scorecards — 49-45, 49-45, 49-46.

Following the fight, Cerrone called for another shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship, a belt he unsuccessfully challenged for in late 2015 before a stint at welterweight.

If that can’t happen, then Cerrone says he wants to face Conor McGregor, a fight that could have happened prior to failed negotiations with the UFC (McGregor refused a co-main event slot).

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone def. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-46)
Middleweight: Derek Brunson def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Featherweight: Shane Burgos def. Cub Swanson via split decison (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili def. Brad Katona via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight: Walt Harris def. Sergey Spivak via TKO (Rd. 1, 0:50)
Middleweight: Andrew Sanchez def. Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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