Iaquinta vs Cerrone Live Stream UFC Fight Night 151 : Before there was Donald Cerrone, there was Gabriel Miglioli. Lightweight Al Iaquinta had three weeks to go before his fifth professional fight with Ring of Combat, a New Jersey-based MMA promotion that launched several East Coast stars. Then the UFC came calling.
UFC Fight Night 151
Main Event: Iaquinta vs Cerrone
Place: Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Time: 5: 00pm ET
Iaquinta vs Cerrone Live Stream
Naturally, Miglioli was getting stood up. It took Iaquinta (14-4-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) a few calls to suss out who he’d be fighting. But as soon as he agreed, Cerrone (35-11 MMA, 22-8 UFC) was booked opposite Wagner Rocha, who went on to lose a unanimous decision at UFC 131 in Vancouver.
Iaquinta went back to Miglioli and won a split decision. Just for good measure, he fought him again and won in 26 seconds. The UFC came calling again, this time for the 15th installment of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He got choked out in the finals by season winner Michael Chiesa, but earned a spot on the 155-pound roster.
Eight years later, Iaquinta is standing on Canadian soil as he nears a fight with the one that got away. Cerrone is still the same standout as he was before, and an even bigger star.
“It would have been interesting to see how things played out then, but I’m glad I got this fight now,” Iaquinta told MMA Junkie in advance of the ESPN+ headliner at Canadian Tire Centre. “It’s a big opportunity.”
Cerrone isn’t exactly on the same page. Just about everyone measures up the same in his book. Short of a title shot or a life-changing matchup with McGregor, opponents are little more than cash machines. Iaquinta acknowledges this.