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Cagefighting Weekly: April 30-May 8


May 4, 2019; Ottawa, ON, Canada; Al Iaquinta (red gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Cerrone uses the birth of his child to motivate him to victory over Al Iaquinta in Ottawa.

Donald Cerrone showed why he is not one to be underestimated on Saturday night when he took out the number 4 ranked Lightweight Contender, Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Ottawa. Donald is now on a three fight winning streak with two of those victories being at lightweight. After the fight, he called for a fight with Irish superstar Conor McGregor. In my opinion, a fight with McGregor makes a tremendous amount of sense. For Conor, he can headline any Pay Per View regardless of opponent and Cerrone is a good enough opponent so that the hardcore fans don’t scream collusion. The UFC will love the fight because Cerrone Vs. McGregor is an action packed Main Event worthy fight that can bring them another big payday and Conor can win the fight which is ultimately what the UFC want’s to see happen. And for Cerrone this would be his biggest fight ever and he’ll make a boatload of cash.

Stipe Miocic finally gets his rematch with DC

Stipe finally gets his shot at getting the belt back. For the longest time, Brock Lesnar was expected to be announced as the one to face Cormier in a Money-Grab Spot for the Champion. However, Brock Lesnar decided to walk away from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Daniel Cormier still needed an opponent so he could defend his belt, Enter Stipe. Stipe hasn’t fought since he lost his belt at UFC 226 and Former Champions who have received immediate rematches usually don’t fare well. I hope DC rides into the sunset after this fight but who knows, maybe he’ll head back down to Light Heavyweight and lose to Jon Jones again.

UFC 237

UFC 237 takes place in Rio de Janeiro this weekend and there will be a great Women’s Strawweight Title Fight as well as a plethora of Brazilian talent performing. Current Champion Rose Namajunas faces a tough test in the form of Jessica Andrade, the Hard Hitting former Bantamweight recently knocked out Karolina Kowalkiewicz and takes on the Champion in her home nation. Brazilian Legends Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo are also on the card and fighting up and comers in Jared Cannonier and Jose Aldo respectively. I’ll have more on the card coming later this week.

UFC 236 does miserably for PPV

This is solely because of the new Pay-Per-View model which is now connected to ESPN+. People just want to get their PPV through their TV provider like they used to and were not all too privy to going through ESPN+ and finding something. Not to mention, you need an ESPN+ membership to watch the PPV’s. Are sports bars even able to show it anymore with the ESPN+ deal, I’m not sure? If not the UFC is Dumb.

That’s all folks, As I said I’ll have up a UFC 237 preview up and ready later this week.

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