Renato Moicano

Brazil

Starched by Rafael Fiziev
LightweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Moicano lost to Rafael Fiziev via KO (punches) at 4:05 of Round 1 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a strange game plan from Moicano. Despite not having a single knockout victory in his pro career and a seemingly massive edge on the mat, Moicano was comfortable going blow-for-blow against Fiziev. The Brazilian connected with some nice jabs here and there, but it was Fiziev who landed all the power shots, including a lightning-fast three-shot combo that floored Moicano. Moicano was upset with the stoppage but referee Chris Tognoni was right on top of it. Moicano has some extremely impressive wins in his career (Calvin Kattar, Cub Swanson, Jeremy Stephens) but his 3-4 record dating back to July 2017 is nothing to write home about. He needs a rebound effort his next time out.
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Fight pushed back
LightweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Moicano's scheduled fight against Rafael Fiziev has been bumped from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12 after Moicano tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano evidently doesn't have a particularly severe case of the virus, as he expects to be in fighting shape in three weeks. This is the second setback for the Brazilian this fall, as he was originally set to face Magomed Mustafaev in mid-October before withdrawing for undisclosed reasons.
Set to fight Fiziev on Nov. 28
LightweightUFC
September 27, 2020
Moicano will fight Rafael Fiziev at the UFC event on Nov. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano was previously pulled from the UFC event on Oct. 17 due to an undisclosed reason but will now reportedly return to the ring and face Fiziev a month later. Moicano will be coming off a victory against Damir Hadzovic via submission at UFC Fight Night in Brazil back in March, while Fiziev last defeated Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision in July.
Pulled from October fight
LightweightUFC
September 15, 2020
Moicano will not fight Magomed Mustafaev at the UFC event October 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not exactly clear why Moicano was pulled from this fight over a month out, but nevertheless the UFC will have time to find a replacement. Moicano was coming off a first round victory over Damir Hadzovic in March. He is 5-3 as a featherweight in the Octagon.
Fighting Mustafaev is October
LightweightUFC
August 25, 2020
Moicano will take on Magomed Mustafaev at the UFC event on October 17, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano submitted Hadzovic in his lightweight debut back in March after losing each of his previous two bouts. There is no fight location for the October contest at this time.
Wins lightweight debut in seconds
LightweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Moicano defeated Damir Hadzovic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. Making his lightweight debut, Moicano easily rolled over Hadzovic. What's even better for the Brazilian is the fact he appears to be assured a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus given the fact he was the first fighter of the night to score a stoppage win. Moicano was surprisingly and unnecessarily jawing at Hadzovic after the fight. He explained in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping that he was upset that his family and friends couldn't be in attendance to watch his performance. He then politely called out Paul Felder. We'll see if that's the route the UFC decides to go, but it's clear Moicano is an upper-tier fighter. The fact he looked so good on the heels of back-to-back knockout losses at the hands of The Korean Zombie and Jose Aldo is a very bright sign for his future.