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Headliners announced for UFC Fight Night in Ottawa

Donald Cerrone, right, punches Alexander Herenandez during the second round of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. Cerrone will fight Al Iaquinta when the UFC comes to Ottawa on May 4.
Donald Cerrone, right, punches Alexander Herenandez during the second round of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. Cerrone will fight Al Iaquinta when the UFC comes to Ottawa on May 4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The UFC announced on Wednesday their main event bout for the Fight Night at the Canadian Tire Centre on May 4.

The fight will feature No. 4 ranked lightweight contender Al Iaquinta and No. 9 ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

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Iaquinta boasts a 14-4-1 record with his last victory coming in December against Kevin Lee.

Cerrone, with a 35-11 record and one no contest, won his last fight against Alexander Hernandez in January.

Cerrone was once the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division and holds the record for most wins in the UFC with 22 and will break the record for most fights in a UFC career with 31 when he fights in Ottawa.

One of the featured bouts will feature a middleweight fight between No. 8 ranked Derek Brunson and No. 14 ranked Canadian Elias Theodorou.

Brunson holds an 18-7 record with several knockouts under his belt. Theodorou (17-2) has yet to break into the top 10 in the division but a win over Brunson will bring him closer to contend for the belt.

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In total, the UFC has lined up seven Canadian fighters for the event.

In men’s bantamweight action, it’s Aiemann Zahabi of Laval, Que., (7-1-0) versus American Vince (Vandetta) Morales (8-3-0), Mitch Gagnon (12-4-0) of Sudbury, Ont., versus American Brian (Boom) Kelleher (19-10-0) and Winnipeg’s Brad (Superman) Katona (8-0-0) versus Georgia’s Merab Dvalishvili (8-4-0).

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Heavyweight Arjan Singh Bhullar of Richmond, B.C., (8-1-0) tackles American Juan (The Kraken) Adams (5-0-0) while middleweight Marc-Andre (Power Bar) Barriault of Gatineau. Que., (11-1-0) faces American Andrew (El Dirte) Sanchez (10-4-0).

— With files from The Canadian Press