Renato Moicano Talks Jose Aldo Matchup, Why He Missed Weight at UFC 231 & More • MMA News
Renato Moicano received’t be preventing for the featherweight title subsequent however he does get to sq. off with a former champion when he faces Jose Aldo at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on Feb. 2.
The 29-year-old practically fought for the championship belt as he was pegged as a backup fighter for the Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega title combat at UFC 231 final month. Nevertheless Moicano didn’t make championship weight and stated it wasn’t well worth the effort when he was assured each fundamental occasion fighters have been good to go.
“I know both guys [made weight] early. To me I was missing like one pound, but I didn’t think it was worth it.” Moicano advised MMANews. “I prefer not to miss weight, it’s not a good thing to say. It’s a hard cut for me, when you don’t have an opponent, you don’t train like you really have a fight. Max missed weight two times, I didn’t think he’d miss the third time. The UFC paid me and I talked to them, I didn’t need the money since I didn’t make weight. They saw I was trying and I’m a backup fighter. I come to Toronto to step up if something happened. Actually they are happy the fight happened. It’s no problem don’t think about that.”
Moicano (13-1-1) heads into his combat off back-to-back wins and is happy to face off with a legend like Aldo. Whereas the UFC initially tried reserving Cub Swanson towards Aldo, the American Prime Staff product wasn’t shocked to see him earn this matchup.
“I was not surprised [getting the fight] because I know Aldo was waiting for the [result] of the [UFC 231] title fight. Because I know if Brian Ortega won, he might have a chance to fight for him for the title because he’s a legend. But when Holloway won, I know he thinks he won’t get the title fight, so [he’ll] have to fight somebody. [The UFC] almost matched up with Cub Swanson, but [they] had problems. So they asked me.”
Aldo (27-Four) snapped a career-high two-fight shedding streak in his final bout, making quick work of Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 final July. Regardless of going 2-Three in his final 5 fights, Moicano doesn’t purchase into the idea that Aldo is previous his prime.
“I think Jose Aldo is still a very good fighter. I was watching his fights, he looks good. He has power, he’s a tremendous champion. I just think it’s my time. I know I’m a good fighter, Jose Aldo is a legend but it’s my time.”
Ought to Moicano emerge victorious he would seemingly be in line subsequent for the featherweight title. If present champion Max Holloway decides to stay round within the division, Moicano likes his probabilities towards the present champion.
“I think we have some similar aspects in the striking game. But I respect him a lot. He’s a great champion but I like I said before it’s my time. I will show the world how to beat Max. The UFC didn’t tell me [the winner will get a title shot], but I feel like [it will happen] if you beat a legend like Jose Aldo and you’re well ranked, I think the next step is the championship belt.”