Renato Moicano


Wins lightweight debut in seconds
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.
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.
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Fighting at UFC Brasilia
January 16, 2020
Moicano will take on Damir Hadzovic in a lightweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Moicano has lost back-to-back fights, most recently to Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) at UFC Greenville in June. He'll move to lightweight for his matchup against Hadzovic, who is coming off a loss to Christian Giagos via unanimous decision in June. Both Moicano and Hadzovic have shown to be powerful strikers but have let their past few fights get away from them. Moicano carries a reach advantage, while Hadzovic has an edge in height.
Gets TKO'd in second straight fight
June 22, 2019
Moicano lost to Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) at 0:58 seconds of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
A stiff jab is one of Moicano's trademark shots, but obviously The Zombie had watched his tape as he ducked under and landed a murderous overhand right with the first such strike thrown. As good as the shot is for Moicano, he doesn't always retract it right away, which is bad news when facing a powerful counter striker like Jung. Moicano was riding high after wins over tough opponents like Jeremy Stephens, Calvan Kattar and Cub Swanson, but has now been stopped by strikes in two consecutive fights, which will surely put a damper on any title aspirations. He falls to 13-3-1 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Booked for UFC Greenville
May 2, 2019
Moicano will take on Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout at UFC Greenville on June 22.
Moicano is coming off a missed opportunity against UFC legend Jose Aldo back in February, falling in the second round via TKO at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ in Brazil. Prior to falling to Aldo, Moicano had won two fights in a row and five of six since joining the UFC in 2014. A victory may have allowed for Moicano to have a shot at the featherweight title, but he will now have a bounce-back opportunity against Jung, who has dropped two of his last three trips to the octagon.
Finished in Round 2 by UFC legend Jose Aldo
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.
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.
Facing Jose Aldo in Fortaleza
December 14, 2018
Moicano will meet Jose Aldo in a featherweight bout on Feb. 2 in Fortaleza.
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.