Al Iaquinta (9-3) fights Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (22-8) in a lightweight encounter that’s the main event at UFC Fight Night 151 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The winner of this bout could well go on to fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier.
Iaquinta pulled off an upset to beat Kevin Lee by decision last time he fought in December 2018. Cerrone beat American Alexander Hernandez with a 2nd round KO in his last fight in January this year.
Four of Iaquinta’s eight UFC victories came via knockout, while the vastly experienced Cerrone has 16 finishes out of 22.
Both these fighters have good standup games as well as solid ground games. There’s not a great deal separating them in the betting either, but Iaquinta looks a worthy favourite at -137 with bet365, with Cerrone at +110 with 888Sport.
Pick: Fight Result – Al Iaquinta @ -137 (bet365)
Canadian Fighters – Fight Night 151 :
Derek Brunson vs Elias Theodorou Prediction & Betting Odds
Derek Brunson (18-7) fights Elias Theodorou (16-2) in a Middleweight bout at UFC 151.
American Brunson’s last fight ended in defeat by 1st round KO to New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya in November 2018. Canadian Theodorou won his last fight by split decision against the American Eryk Anders back in December.
Brunson is the bigger and more powerful fighter, but his career seems to have stalled somewhat of late and he doesn’t always make the best decisions in fights.
Theodore has never lost a fight in his homeland and, although he’s not noted as a KO specialist, he’s the smarter fighter and looks to be capable of frustrating Brunson and taking the fight on a decision.
There’s very little to choose between these fighters as indicated by the UFC betting lines, with Brunson a marginal favourite at -110 with bet365, while Theodorou is -105 with Betway Sports.
Pick: Fight Result – Elias Theodorou @ -105 (Betway)
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Brad Katona vs Merab Dvalishvili Prediction & Betting Odds
Canada’s Brad “Superman” Katona (8-0) fights the Georgian Merab Dvalishvili (8-4) in a Bantamweight bout on Saturday night at UFC 151.
In his last fight back in December 2018, Katona had a Unanimous Decision win over the American Matthew Lopez.
Dvalishvili also won his last fight by Unanimous Decision when beating Terrion “Flash” Ware of the USA. In doing so, Dvalishvili ended a somewhat controversial two-fight losing streak.
This a fight between two technically adept fighters, both of whom are comfortable striking and grappling. Katona might have the advantage in the former, with Dvalishvili the more seasoned grappler who will be looking to gain a submission if he can take his opponent to the floor.
This looks likely to go to a decision win, with Katona possibly just shading it. Katona is the slight betting underdog going into this fight at odds of +138 with bet365, while the UFC betting line on Dvalishvili is set at -162 with 888Sport.
Pick: Fight Result – Brad Katona @ +138 (bet365)