Donald Cerrone Returns Against Top Lightweight (Not Conor McGregor)

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After a resurgence at lightweight, Donald Cerrone returns to the UFC quite soon. And it’s not for his rumored bout against Conor McGregor.

News just broke from ESPN.com that ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone will return against No. 4 lightweight Al Iaquinta in the headlining bout of May 4’s UFC Ottawa. The fight has been verbally agreed to. Cerrone had been campaigning for a lucrative bout with McGregor. Buzz for the high-profile fight cooled significantly in recent weeks, however. He apparently chose not to wait for McGregor.

The fan favorite has seen somewhat of a late-career resurgence. He returned to 155 pounds to demolish formerly rising contender Alexander Hernandez at January’s UFC on ESPN+ 1. McGregor seemingly agreed to fight Cerrone after that victory on social media, but it never came to be. The UFC reportedly wanted it to be in the co-main event slot for some reason.

Cerrone will now resume his quest for the title instead. He’ll have a golden opportunity to rise up the ranks against Iaquinta. The East Coast native most recently put on a hard-fought win over Kevin Lee. ‘Ragin” has won six of his last seven, with the only loss in that span a decision to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Other bouts announced for the card included Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou at middleweight and Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams at heavyweight.

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