Moicano Moving To Lightweight Division
After facing some of the best the featherweight division has to offer, Renato Moicano is looking to make a big career move. Speaking to MMA Fighting this past week, Moicano (13-3-1) stated that he is ready to move to the UFC ‘s lightweight division.
“Some coaches have been asking me to do this test at lightweight,” Moicano stated when asked about the move. “I was apprehensive at first, but Mike Brown has asked me many times since I moved to ATT. We’re used to cutting a lot of weight in Brazil, and that was never a problem for me, but I’ve suffered a lot in my last three fights.”
Moicano is 1-2 in his last three fights. He defeated Cub Swanson via submission in a thriller at UFC 227. Since then, he has lost two in a row, both via TKO to Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung. The loss against Jung back in June was a first-round one. The 30-year-old is looking to spice it up and has a perfect opponent in mind for his lightweight debut. Looking to be the main attraction on a Brazil card, Moicano is interested in fighting Clay Guida.
“I’m a huge fan of his and since he has fought many times in Brazil before, I don’t think that would be a problem for him,” Moicano continued. “He’s a veteran and a popular fighter, so that would be good to maybe make it the main or co-main event in Brasilia.”
Guida (35-19) is coming off of a Technical Submission-loss to Jim Miller back in August. He is 3-2 in his last five fights following his return to lightweight in 2017.
When talking about a potential return to featherweight, Moicano didn’t rule it out. He did, however, want to make sure weight cutting wouldn’t be an issue, citing his health would come first. Considering the level of opponents he faced at featherweight, Moicano didn’t see what else he could do to prove himself as a serious contender there. A fresh start is what he is hoping at a new weight.
“I don’t rule out going back to 145 because my losses were to top 5 opponents, but I’m ranked No. 8 now and I don’t know who I could fight there,” Moicano went on to say. “It’s a good time to test myself at 155 and see how that goes. It’s all very flexible today, you see fighters jumping weight classes all the time, and I’m open to doing that for interesting fights that are worth it.”