Before we get started, in case you missed it, it was reported by ESPN on Tuesday that Brock Lesnar, who went 6-3 in his career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is now in World Wrestling Entertainment, has retired from MMA as a competitor.
Due to this, Daniel Cormier is now going to meet former Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in his next contest.
We wish Lesnar the best of luck going forward.
The back-end of this week’s UFC/Bellator twin-bill takes place in Ottawa, ON, with UFC on ESPN+ 9.
Preliminary action commences this Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. PDT from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, with the main card immediately following at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT.
This UFC Fight Night can be streamed in its entirety on ESPN+ in both English and Spanish.
Highlighting the show is a five-round non-title fight with UFC’s winningest fighter of all-time.
No. 8 contender Donald Cerrone (35-11, one no-contest) will fight No. 4 contender Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) in a Lightweight contest.
Both fighters are coming off victories in their most recent UFC appearances.
Heading into this Saturday night’s main event, Donald Cerrone is the taller contestant, standing at 6-foot-1, three inches taller than Al Iaquinta’s 5-foot-10 frame.
Iaquinta has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five UFC fights. Most recently, he scored a decision win against Kevin Lee on Dec. 15 in the main event of the last UFC on FOX card in Milwaukee.
In the other corner, Donald Cerrone has gone 3-2 in his last five matches.
Last time out, he won via second-round TKO vs. Alexander Hernandez during the featured prelim of UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn on Jan. 19 on ESPN proper.
The Tale of The Tape:
UFC.com shows that Donald Cerrone holds a three-inch advantage in reach (73 inches to 70 inches), along with a half-inch advantage in leg reach (40.5 inches to 40 inches) going into this match.
Prediction: Cerrone by third-round KO.
Other fights on this Saturday night’s main card include:
No. 9 contender Derek Brunson (18-7) vs. Elias Theodorou (16-2) [Middleweight, co-main event]
No. 10 contender Cub Swanson (25-10) vs. Shane Burgos (11-1) [Featherweight]
Brad Katona (8-0) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (8-4) [Bantamweight]
No. 9 contender Walt Harris (11-7, one no-contest) vs. Serghei Spivak (9-0) [Heavyweight]
Marc-Andre Barriault (11-1) vs. Andrew Sanchez (10-4) [Middleweight]
UFC on ESPN+ 9 at a Glance:
Prelims: Saturday, 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
Main Card: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
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