Renato Moicano

Brazil

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.
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Epic display of toughness in loss
LightweightUFC
March 5, 2022
Moicano lost to Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (44-49, 45-49, 44-50) at UFC 272 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Taking this fight on four days' notice, Moicano put forth one of the greatest displays of heart in recent memory. Of course, he should have never had the opportunity to do so. This was a five-round fight despite the fact it was neither a title bout nor a main event. Moicano was dominated from bell-to-bell, but refused to quit. His corner, referee Marc Goddard or the cageside physician should have stopped this fight on multiple occasions. Moicano's left eye was a bloody, swollen mess and it's nothing short of a miracle he saw the final bell. Hopefully he sees a post-fight bonus for his efforts, but that doesn't seem to be enough considering all the damage he absorbed. This is the rare instance in which the losing fighter saw his stock rise arguably as much as the winner. That said, don't expect to see Moicano fight again for quite a while. He's looking at a long, long medical suspension following this beating.
Stepping in against dos Anjos
LightweightUFC
March 1, 2022
Moicano has agreed to step in against Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The contracts haven't been officially signed, but the matchup appears set to go, with Moicano stepping in on very short notice after Rafael Fiziev withdrew due to COVID-19 on Monday. The bout is expected to take place at the catchweight of 160 pounds and will last up to five rounds. Moicano will be fighting for the second time in under a month, as he submitted Alexander Hernandez early in the second round back on Feb. 12.
Chokes out Alexander Hernandez
LightweightUFC
February 12, 2022
Moicano defeated Alexander Hernandez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:23 of Round 2 at UFC 271 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It's a massive victory for Moicano and one that helps him keep pace in a loaded lightweight division. Legitimately one of the most gifted mat specialists in the sport today, Renato is going to have success if he is able to consistently threaten his opposition on the feet. He clipped Hernandez with a combination prior to the stoppage here, which was nice to see. Once Hernandez stumbled and gave up his back, this one was over. One thing Moicano has going for him is the fact he has been in the octagon with a ton of top opponents. Although he has traditionally had issues winning the "big" fight, the Brazilian has fought Rafael Fiziev, Chan Sung Jung, Jose Aldo, Calvin Kattar, and Brian Ortega during his time with the UFC. There is no substitute for reps against that level of competition and that's one of the main reasons to be optimistic about Moicano going forward despite the fact he turns 33 years of age this coming May.
Facing Alexander Hernandez
LightweightUFC
October 22, 2021
Moicano will take on Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight fight on Feb. 12, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters have failed to win back-to-back fights since 2018. Barring a draw, one of them will end their run of inconsistency in February, as Moicano is coming off a submission victory over Jai Herbert while Hernandez recently knocked out Mike Breeden.
Dominates on mat in victory
LightweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Moicano defeated Jai Herbert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:34 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Moicano needed to get back in the win column in the worst way possible here, and he ultimately rode his grappling to a win, cashing the ticket as a (-250) betting favorite. He allowed Herbert to connect a few times in Round 1 before realizing he had a massive grappling advantage. Moicano was credited with three takedowns in the opening frame and went right back to the well in Round 2. He was successful with a pair of takedowns and ultimately held Herbert down to the tune of 4:15 worth of control time. Moicano nearly finished with strikes, but ultimately used the ground-and-pound to soften Herbert up and take his back. Each of his last three victories in the UFC have come via rear-naked choke. There's still time for a run at the age of 32, even in a much tougher lightweight division.