UFC Ottawa – Results
Ottawa played host to an exciting UFC Fight Night event — capped off by a thrilling striking clinic between two top ten lightweight contenders in Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and “Ragin” Al Iaquinta.
Rejuvenated by fatherhood, “Cowboy” continued his push towards a title shot as he picked off Iaquinta over five rounds to secure a huge victory in the stacked lightweight division.
Cerrone came into this bout ranked at No. 8 in the division, and (2-0) since becoming a father after returning back down to lightweight. Like fine wine, “Cowboy” just seems to get better with age — something that he has been able to prove in his last few outings.
Despite having turned 36 in March, Cerrone has arguably never looked this good before as he continues to glide up the lightweight rankings.
After looking a little shaky in the early rounds, “Cowboy” effectively began coming into his own and landing at will on the ever so tough Iaquinta. By the end of the contest, “Ragin Al” was sporting a near crimson mask as Cerrone got his hand raised in a convincing unanimous decision victory.
With this win, Cerrone now sits at 24 UFC wins, on a three-fight win streak — and with the ball very much in his court in terms of what is next for him in the division.
In the co-main event, middleweights Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou squared off, as Brunson looked to bounce back from a tough loss to Israel Adesanya, and Theodorou aimed to extend his winning streak to four.
In what was a bit of an underwhelming stalemate, Brunson managed to secure the unanimous decision victory by being the more active and dangerous fighter in the bout.
Elsewhere, Cub Swanson recorded his fourth consecutive loss in a thrilling featherweight contest against the promising Shane Burgos. Burgos improved his UFC record to (5-1) and made a statement by defeating an always dangerous opponent in Swanson.
The fight was a fast-paced back and forth, with many believing that it could have went either way. For the veteran Swanson, it seems like the right time to get back to the drawing board and figure out what’s next at this stage of his career as his losing slump lives on to see another day.
The undefeated Canadian prospect Brad Katona also stepped into the Octagon on his home soil on Saturday, as he faced off against Merab Dvalishvili. Katona has showed a lot of promise in all of his UFC appearances so far, and Dvalishvili was likely going to be his final hurdle before securing a high-profile fight.
Dvalishvili though proved to be a hurdle a little too high for Katona, as he looked in total control while handing the Canadian his first career loss. Dvalishvili effectively used his grappling, securing takedowns in every round, and finding plenty of success with strikes on the ground in this unanimous decision victory.
In the second bout of the night, heavyweight Walt Harris rallied to a quick first round victory, as he delivered the lone stoppage of the main card by knocking out Sergey Spivak. A lively barrage of combinations caught Spivak off guard early, and granted Harris an impressive win following his recent drug testing controversy.
In the card’s opener, Andrew Sanchez was forced to grind for his second consecutive win, as he grabbed an unanimous decision victory over Marc-Andre Barriault in the middleweight division.
Full results below:
Donald Cerrone def. Al Iaquinta via Dec. (Unanimous)
Derek Brunson def. Elias Theodorou via Dec. (Unanimous)
Shane Burgos def. Cub Swanson via Dec. (Split)
Merab Dvalishvili def. Brad Katona via Dec. (Unanimous)
Walt Harris def. Serghei Spivac via R1 TKO (Knees and punches)
Andrew Sanchez def. Marc-Andre Barriault via Dec. (Unanimous)
Macy Chiasson def. Sarah Moras via R2 TKO (Punches)
Vince Morales def. Aiemann Zahabi via Dec. (Unanimous)
Nordine taleb def. Kyle Prepolec via Dec. (Unanimous)
Matt Sayles def. Kyle Nelson via R3 Sub. (Arm-triangle choke)
Arjan Bhullar def. Juan Adams via Dec. (Unanimous)
Cole Smith def. Mitch Gagnon via Dec. (Unanimous)
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