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UFC on ESPN+ 9: Cowboy Cerrone strolls with convincing decision win over Al Iaquinta

Cerrone still eying potential Conor McGregor fight

“Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (36-11-0) strolled out of Ottawa with a unanimous decision win over Al Iaquinta (14-5-1) in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 9 last night at the Canadian Tire Center.

Cerrone used a variety of strikes to pile up the points, including knockdowns of Iaquinta in the fourth and fifth rounds. Iaquinta,  as expected, displayed his toughness, eating the strikes and landing a few of his own that kept Cerrone honest. But by the end of the fourth round, he was bloodied and it was clear he needed a finish going into the final round.

The judges scored it 49-45 49-45, and 49-46.

In the post fight interview, Cerrone called out Conor McGregor, hoping for a July fight with the Irish superstar. McGregor has not fought since October 2018 against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Cerrone and Iaquinta earned Fight of the Night, while Walt Harris and Macy Chiasson earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD performance.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

COLE SMITH DEF. MITCH GAGNON (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ARJAN BHULLAR DEF. JUAN ADAMS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

MATT SAYLES DEF. KYLE NELSON VIA SUBMISSION (ARM TRIANGLE CHOKE) R3 3:16

NORDINE TALEB DEF. KYLE PREPOLEC VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

VINCE MORALES DEF. ALEMANN ZAHABI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MACY CHIASSON DEF. SARAH MORAES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:22

MAIN CARD 

ANDREW SANCHEZ VS. MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT

 

WINNER: ANDREW SANCHEZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDREW SANCHEZ VIA UD 

Andrews: Sanchez did what he was supposed to do, but needs to keep it going.

WALT HARRIS VS. SERGEY SPIVAK 

 

WINNER: WALT HARRIS VIA TKO R1 0:50

ANDREWS PREDICTION: WALT HARRIS VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Harris took care of the business quickly.

BRAD KATONA VS.MERAB DVALISHVILI 

 

WINNER: MERAB DVALISHVILI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MERAB DVALISHVILI VIA UD

Andrews: Merab was just too good. Good win.

#10 CUB SWANSON VS. SHANE BURGOS 

 

WINNER: SHANE BURGOS VIA SD (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHANE BURGOS VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: The toughness is still there for Cub, but the division has stepped up.

#9 DEREK BRUNSON VS. #12 ELIAS THEODOROU 

 

WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ELIAS THEODOROU VIA UD

Andrews: Brunson didn’t need to fear the power of Elias and that allowed him to be aggressive and use his wrestling. Good performance.

MAIN EVENT

#4 AL IAQUINTA VS. #8 DONALD CERRONE 

 

WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA UD (49-45, 49-45, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO

Andrews: Iaquinta ia always tough as nails, but Cerrone was just too much.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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