Renato Moicano
Finished in Round 2 by UFC legend Jose Aldo
FeatherweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Moicano was defeated by Jose Aldo via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
This was a big opportunity for Moicano as a victory of the future UFC Hall of Famer would have put him in prime position for a title shot. The first round was a feeling out process and both fighters traded punches and leg kicks. In the second round Aldo landed a big left hook that wobbled Moicano. Aldo poured on the strikes and landed his patented left hook to the body followed by a huge knee. Moicano had no choice but to retreat to the fence and the referee had to stop the fight as Aldo poured on the punches. This is a small setback for Moicano who still has a bright future in the sport.
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Facing Jose Aldo in Fortaleza
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2018
Moicano will meet Jose Aldo in a featherweight bout on Feb. 2 in Fortaleza.
ANALYSIS
The Brazilian duo will be the co-main event in their home country. Moicano is coming off a pair of wins, most recently defeating Cub Swanson by submission in the first round at UFC 227 in August. His opponent is coming off a first-round win of his own, defeating Jeremy Stevens by TKO at UFC on Fox 30 in July, though he suffered a run of three defeats in four matches prior to that victory.
Misses weight, ineligible to fight
FeatherweightUFC
December 7, 2018
Moicano weighed in at 146 pounds Friday morning and will not attempt to shed the extra pound, making him ineligible to serve as a replacement for the featherweight title fight at UFC 231 in Toronto, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano was announced as the alternate for Saturday's main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, but after coming in one pound overweight Friday, the fighter won't bother to cut. With that, Moicano officially will not be participating in UFC 231, putting the main event in jeopardy should anything happen to either Holloway or Ortega between now and Saturday. While Moicano is widely accepted as a future title challenger in the 145-pound division, this blemish on the record makes his weight cut worth watching when he gets that opportunity.
Serves as alternate for UFC 231
FeatherweightUFC
November 28, 2018
Moicano will be the alternate for the main event title fight between Max Holloway or Brian Ortega ahead of UFC 231 on Dec. 8 in Toronto, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano was initially set to face Misrad Bektic in Toronto, but the latter was forced to withdraw from the bout with an unspecified reason. Unfortunately, the promotion was unable to find Moicano a worthy replacement on short notice, so he will serve as insurance in the event that Holloway or Ortega are unable to compete.
Needs new opponent for UFC 231
FeatherweightUFC
November 15, 2018
Moicano will no longer face Misrad Bektic (undisclosed) at UFC 231 on Dec. 8, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what forced Bektic to withdraw from the bout, but Moicano will now need a new opponent if he wants to compete at the event. Moicano is 13-1 in his MMA career and coming off an impressive first-round victory over Cub Swanson via submission.
Adds fight against Mirsad Bektic
FeatherweightUFC
October 22, 2018
Moicano will face off against Misrad Bektic at UFC 231 on Dec. 8 in Toronto, Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano recently bested Cub Swanson via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 227 in Los Angeles in early August, pushing his career record to 13-1. His lone defeat came at the hands of Brian Ortega last July, but he's since rebounded with victories over Calvin Kattar and Swanson. On the flip side, Bektic boasts the same record and is coming off a massive win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 225.