Moicano Sees Opportunity Against Zombie At UFC Greenville
After losing to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in February, Renato Moicano returns to the main event, as he faces fan-favorite “Korean Zombie” in the main event of UFC Greenville.
“He’s a tough guy. He’s not well ranked because he didn’t fight so much for the past three years, but he’s tough,” Moicano said to Combate. “I always ask the UFC for the best fighters, and I think he will help me get more recognition. Everyone knows ‘The Korean Zombie.’ He has this cool nickname, he has this aggressive style, and this fight is a candidate for fight of the night. Even fight of the year. That’s what I want. I want to put on a show.”
“You keep imagining these big champions. They’re huge! But they’re people like us. So I started to fight him, I moved, I watched him move. I watched him react to my strikes, and I thought to myself ‘Damn, this guy is a guy just like me’. That made me lose focus a little bit. That fight taught me that, once you get in there, you have to go all the way without thinking. That’s the key. You must be focused. You must always respect your opponent, but you can’t get involved in the fight. I think that’s what I learned.”
Looking to build back a winning streak that was halted at the hands of Aldo, Moicano faces Korean Zombie, who has only fought once a year since 2011, winning four of his last six attempts inside the Octagon.
For the full card of UFC Fight Night 154 look below.
UFC Fight Night 154 Main Card on ESPN+ (7 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Renato Carneiro vs. Chan Sung Jung
135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. John Lineker — Fight Cancelled due to injury to Lineker
170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown
125 lbs.: Montana De La Rosa vs. Andrea Lee
185 lbs.: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Kevin Holland
115 lbs.: Syuri Kondo vs. Ashley Yoder
UFC Fight Night 154 Prelims on ESPN2 (4 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Kevin Aguilar vs. Dan Ige
145 lbs.: Luis Pena vs. Matt Wiman
265 lbs.: Allen Crowder vs. Jair Rozenstruik
125 lbs.: Ariane Lipski vs. Molly McCann
185 lbs.: Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely
145 lbs.: Anderson dos Santos vs. Andre Ewell