The “Cowboy” – McGregor show will have to be put on hold for the time being, as Cerrone has agreed to fight “Raging” Al Iaquinta on May 4th in Ottawa, Canada. The event will stream live on ESPN + and take place at the Canadian Tire Center.
Cerrone, the #9 ranked Lightweight in the UFC, is coming off of a dominant TKO victory over Alexander Hernandez in January. This was his return to lightweight after a 10 fight stint at welterweight where “Cowboy” went 6-4. He has consistently said his goal is to return to lightweight and to go after the title. A win over the #4 ranked Iaquinta will put him in the mix of crowded lightweight contenders such as Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, as well as the winner for the Interim Title Lightweight title fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier in April.
Al Iaquinta is coming off a unanimous decision win over Kevin Lee in December of 2018. He previously lost a fight against current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. The bout was put together last minute, as contender Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out following an accident on the UFC set that required the former Interim Champ to get knee surgery. “Raging” Al has consistently said that he would have performed better if given the proper training camp to prepare for the champion, and looks to get a chance at redemption with a win over Cowboy.
The UFC has yet to announce the fight, but Ariel Helwani of ESPN MMA has reported that the fight is “All but done.”
Source: ESPN MMA, Ariel Helwani Twitter