MMA Preview – Al Iaquinta vs Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 151

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 151? Saturday 4th May, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 151? Canadian Tire Centre, Ontario, Canada

What channel is UFC Fight Night 151 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 151? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 151? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Ontario is treated to a swashbuckling headliner for UFC Fight Night 151 in the shape of ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. These two fan-favourites are guaranteed to put on a violent show and shake things up in the stacked lightweight division.

It’s great to see ‘Raging’ Al fighting more regularly and, considering all the lightweights ranked above him are tied up, we are lucky to see a match-up of this calibre. Due to the chaos of UFC 223, he was left as the challenger for the lightweight title and stepped up with just a few hours' notice to face the imperious Khabib Nurmagomedov. He suffered his first loss in six, but still put up one hell of a fight.. He took the Russian to a decision and then got back to winning ways with a great performance over Kevin Lee, earning a unanimous decision.

Cerrone steps back down to lightweight after enjoying a spell at welterweight where he went 7-4 fighting some of the best in the division. When he won it was always a spectacular finish. Cowboy comes off two wins, an armbar over Mike Perry and a knockout over Alexander Hernandez, and he will have to pull off another vintage ‘performance of the night’ to extend his record of the most wins and most finishes in UFC history.

THE PREDICTION

These guys are full of respect for one another but they'll leave nothing in the locker room hunting for a finish. They are exceptional in every area. Cerrone has the better ground game but Iaquinta is very underrated in the grappling department and, although he only has one submission win, he can hang on the floor with anyone.

However, the fight is only likely to go to the floor if they knock each other down. They will want to settle the fight on the feet and will be aggressive and technical as always. They have very similar striking stats with high outputs and considering they tend to absorb a lot of damage we should be in for fireworks.

Cerrone’s reach advantage will be a problem for Iaquinta, unleashing powerful combinations with kicks, especially if his weight cut goes well. Iaquinta will be poised in his low stance ready to uncork big right hands on the counter, and prepared to eat shots to do so. Over the course of five rounds you would bank on one of them finding a finish but they are dogs and incredibly durable so this could go to the bell, creating a 25 minute war.

Winner: Iaquinta via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.