Renato Moicano

Brazil

Strong run continues
LightweightUFC
February 3, 2024
Moicano defeated Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Moicano performed well to pick up the victory, but his post-fight interview was epic. Seriously, look it up. As for his efforts inside the Octagon, Renato wisely leaned on his grappling game. He turned three successful takedowns into 10:33 worth of control time. The end result was a 142-36 edge for Moicano in terms of total strikes landed, although the significant strikes were 23 apiece. The Brazilian did just enough on the mat to ensure referee Mark Smith wouldn't stand the two up despited repeated warnings for more action. It's hard to bet on Moicano long-term simply because he doesn't have a single knockout victory in his professional career, and it's difficult to hang with better competition if you can't threaten them on the feet, but his grappling skills are excellent, and that has allowed Renato to win four of his last five fights.
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Fighting at UFC Vegas 85
LightweightUFC
December 9, 2023
Moicano (knee) will fight Drew Dober at UFC Vegas 85 on Feb. 3, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Although Moicano won his last fight against Brad Riddell, it's been over a year since he fought an opponent, putting him at risk of coming out rusty versus Dober.
WD's from main event
LightweightUFC
April 13, 2023
Moicano (knee) has withdrawn from his April 29 bout against Arman Tsarukyan, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano suffered a knee injury and will be unable to take part in what was schedule to be the main event of the April 29 card. It's unclear if the UFC will look to book a replacement fighter. Moicano has posted a 4-2 record in his last six fights since moving to lightweight.
Tentatively scheduled for main event spot
LightweightUFC
March 20, 2023
Moicano is in line to take on Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight matchup in the main event of the UFC card scheduled for Las Vegas on April 29, MMA Mania reports.
ANALYSIS
While not officially confirmed by the promotion just yet, it's a great matchup for Moicano, who has won three of his last four, all via submission. Moicano will have a four-inch height advantage and is the higher-volume striker, but will face a fighter in Tsarukyan who has won six of his last seven and sports superior offensive wrestling marks. The winner between these ranked lightweights will position himself for a title-implicating fight his next time out.
Makes quick work of Brad Riddell
LightweightUFC
November 12, 2022
Moicano defeated Brad Riddell via submission (Rear-naked choke) at 3:30 of Round 1 at UFC 281 in New York.
ANALYSIS
Moicano was on fire early, stinging Riddell with long jabs and right hands before effortlessly taking the fight to the ground and sinking in the choke. Moicano took an incredible amount of damage in a short-notice fight against Rafael dos Anjos in March, but the Brazilian fighter has length, height and a nice skill set for this division. Moicano showed us with this win that it would be a mistake to count him out of the title picture entirely. He improves to 17-5-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Fighting Brad Riddell at UFC 281
LightweightUFC
August 18, 2022
Moicano will fight Brad Riddell in a lightweight matchup at UFC 281, on Nov. 12, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Moicano was defeated by Rafeal dos Anjos via unanimous decision on Mar. 5, and he will look to get back on track against Brad Riddell. The 33-year-old Brazilian fighter holds a 1-1 record in the UFC this year.