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Renato Moicano calls out UFC ‘legend’ Jose Aldo for featherweight title eliminator fight

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MMA: UFC Fight Night-Stephens vs Moicano Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Renato Moicano may not be the first name you think about when you talk about next man up for a championship fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight division, but his body of work so far inside the Octagon can not be denied.

Winning five of his six fights inside the eight-sided cage with his lone loss coming to current No. 1 division contender Brian Ortega, Renato jumped up six spots to overtake the No. 4 position on the official UFC rankings following his win over Cub Swanson at UFC 227 (recap). Now, Moicano wants bigger and better things, starting with a No. 1 contender’s fight against former division king, Jose Aldo.

The Brazilian bomber took to Twitter to call out his fellow countryman.

We like the way you think, Renato.

Aldo, meanwhile, recently broke his two-fight skid by scoring an impressive technical knockout victory over Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 last month (see it), paving his way for potential chance at another title shot before he calls it a career.

Indeed, with his UFC career nearing its expiration date, accepting a fight against Moicano may be high risk, low reward for the former champion, so trying to get him to take the bait may be a challenge in and of itself. Nevertheless, if Aldo wants to punch his ticket back to the big dance, it may be the road he has travel.

And since there is no timetable for Max Holloway’s return and eventual title defense against Brian Ortega, it won’t be the worst of things to see these two-heavy-handed Brazilians compete for a shot at the winner.

Unless, of course, you have a better idea?