After making a successful jump up to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight division earlier this year with a first-round submission win over Damir Hadzovic (see it here), Renato Moicano got some renewed confidence after back-to-back knockout losses at Featherweight.
So much so that the Brazilian bomber called out former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis as his next opponent.
“So I think, off the top of my head, a guy whose not ranked, but is a really good guy, I thought about Anthony Pettis,” Renato told Line Movement (via Bloody Elbow). “I think it’s a good fight if he comes back to lightweight. I don’t know if he’s going to come back to lightweight, but I think he should do it. If he wants to, I’m ready to face him.”
Unfortunately for Moicano, UFC matchmakers had other plans, ignoring his call for a fight against “Showtime” and booking him to face off against Magomed Mustafaev at an upcoming “Fight Night” event on Oct. 17, 2020, according to Globo.
Mustafaev was last seen coming up short against Brad Riddell at UFC Fight Night 168 this past February, giving him his second loss in three fights. Prior to his skid, “Sniper” had reeled off 13 straight victories. As for Moicano, after starting off his UFC career with a 5-1 mark, including big wins over Cub Swanson and Calvin Kattar, he suffered two straight knockout losses at the hands of Chan Sung Jung and Jose Aldo.
And even though he bounced back nicely with a 44-second submission win over Hadzovic, his stock did take a hit.
The “Fight Night” event is set to be headlined by a highly-anticipated 145-pound showdown between the aforementioned “Korean Zombie” and Brian Ortega. Also on the card, Jessica Andrade is expected to face Jessica Eye.