UFC Ottawa: Donald Cerrone calls for July showdown with Conor McGregor

UFC Ottawa: Donald Cerrone calls for July showdown with Conor McGregor following Al Iaquinta win

  • Donald Cerrone dominated Al Iaquinta over five rounds at UFC Ottawa
  • Derek Brunson took a unanimous decision win over Elias Theodorou
  • Shane Burgos edged out veteran Cub Swanson for biggest win of his career
  • Merab Dvalishvili handed Brad Katona his first professional loss

All week ahead of UFC Ottawa, Donald Cerrone told the media that he had no interest in courting a date with Conor McGregor.

Yet, following his one-sided unanimous decision win over Al Iaquinta in Saturday’s main event, he again underlined his interest in facing off against the Irishman by calling for a July bout with the former double champion.

‘I want the title, whatever that means,’ he said in his post-fight interview. ‘Unless, Conor McGregor you want to fight me in July? I’m ready.’

Donald Cerrone celebrates his victory over Al Iaquinta with his son Dacson in the Octagon

Donald Cerrone celebrates his victory over Al Iaquinta with his son Dacson in the Octagon

Cerrone raised the possibility of facing Conor McGregor after beating Iaquinta in Ottawa

Cerrone raised the possibility of facing Conor McGregor after beating Iaquinta in Ottawa

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Iaquinta wore a crimson mask for much of the fight after being fed Cerrone’s jab from the first bell.

He met the canvas on three occasions over the five rounds. Although a knee to the face as he shot in didn’t rattle him early on, a short right hand sent him down at the end of the third, shortly followed by a fourth round front kick that dropped him.

Although it was more Cerrone’s enthusiasm than stopping power that sent him to the deck in the fifth, ‘Cowboy’ followed it up with some big, grounded strikes to finish the contest out strongly.

In the co-main event, Derek Brunson took a unanimous decision win after an uneventful three rounds with Elias Theodorou.

Brunson was on a two-fight skid heading into the contest, making the victory all the more valuable in terms of his future with the promotion. 

Iaquinta wore a crimson mask for much of the fight after being fed Cerrone's jab

Iaquinta wore a crimson mask for much of the fight after being fed Cerrone’s jab

Iaquinta tries to take cover as Cerrone aims a right-arm jab into his jaw during the fight

Iaquinta tries to take cover as Cerrone aims a right-arm jab into his jaw during the fight

Theodorou failed to rise to the occasion in front of his home crowd. 

He bounced up and down on his toes throughout the contest but failed to launch himself into any meaningful attacks.

Featherweight Shane Burgos edged out veteran Cub Swanson for the biggest win of his professional career in a technical back and forth.

Burgos’ had a clear size advantage over Swanson and he used his longer arms to pick away at the stalwart from the outside. 

Although Swanson chipped away at the up-and-comer’s legs over the 15 minutes, Burgos’ punches were making a bigger impact in terms of damage, opening cuts around his eyes over the opening ten minutes.

After being told he was likely down on the judges’ scorecards in between rounds, Swanson came out of his corner like a man possessed in the third. 

Cerrone delivers a knee to the face for Iaquinta during their bout on Saturday night

Cerrone delivers a knee to the face for Iaquinta during their bout on Saturday night

Cerrone aims to punch his opponent Iaquinta in the face as blood pours from him

Cerrone aims to punch his opponent Iaquinta in the face as blood pours from him

FULL RESULTS 

Main card

· Donald Cerrone def. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-46)

· Derek Brunson def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

· Shane Burgos def. Cub Swanson via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)

· Merab Dvalishvili def. Brad Katona via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

· Walt Harris def. Sergey Spivak via first-round TKO (0:50)

· Andrew Sanchez def. Marc-Andre Barriault via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Undercard

· Macy Chiasson def. Sarah Moras via second-round TKO (2:22)

· Vince Morales def. Aiemann Zahabi via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

· Nordine Taleb def. Kyle Prepolec via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

· Matt Sayles def. Kyle Nelson via submission (head and arm choke) (R3, 3:16)

· Arjan Bhullar def. Juan Adams via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

· Cole Smith def. Mitch Gagnon via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

Although he had the momentum in the earlier portion of the round, Burgos exploded into action in the final frays, which may have helped him to the split decision nod.

Merab Dvalishvili handed Brad Katona his first professional loss with a crushing wrestling display that saw him force the SBG fighter to the canvas in each round and control the action from top position.

The Georgian found some space to posture up at the end of the first round and rained down strong elbows before the final bell sounded. 

Katona was never given an opportunity to open up as Dvalishvili threw wild techniques with no dignified set up and pounced on the prospect as he looked to close the distance.

Walt Harris demolished Ukrainain prospect Sergey Spivak inside the first minute of their heavyweight clash, unloading with a frantic flurry that saw the formerly undefeated champion folded to the canvas, taking his first professional defeat.

‘The Big Ticket’ called for a showdown with either Justin Willis or Alexey Oleinik at the UFC’s September event in Dubai in his post-fight interview.

Cerrone lands a right-arm jab square in the face of Iaquinta during their showdown fight

Cerrone lands a right-arm jab square in the face of Iaquinta during their showdown fight

Iaquinta lands a right-arm shot square into the face of Cerrone during the bout in Canada

Iaquinta lands a right-arm shot square into the face of Cerrone during the bout in Canada

WALT HARRIS WASTES NO TIME! #UFCOttawa pic.twitter.com/ZcLtMh40x6

Andrew Sanchez was showered with boos after grinding out a decision against highly touted hometown favourite Marc-Andre Barriault, who made his debut on the night.

Sanchez relentlessly pursued takedowns in the first and third rounds, stifling the newcomer’s attempts to connect with his powerful punches. 

Despite him succeeding to hit the mark with a number of punishing blows in the second, Sanchez showcased a good pair of whiskers, remaining in the fray and eventually landing some of his own shots.

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