Renato Moicano


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.
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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.
Misses weight, ineligible to fight
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.
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
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 reports.
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.