In a marquee matchup at featherweight, former 145lbs champion Jose Aldo looks to continue his winning ways against up and comer Renato Moicano this Saturday night.
Though the UFC wanted this to be the main event for their upcoming event on Saturday night, Jose Aldo (27-4) insisted that he was not ready to sign for a five round fight and is the second consecutive fight that he hasn’t appeared in a headlining slot since 2014.
Incidentally, this will be the first time that Renato Moicano (13-1-1) finds himself headlining a UFC event and is a fight that could have title ramifications on the line should he dispatch of the former featherweight king.
Battle of Brazil
It is rare for the UFC to be hosting an event in Brazil with four Brazilian fighters competing in both the co-main and main event slots on the card. But will it be the old guard or the new breed that reigns supreme come Saturday night?
For Aldo, his stance at the top of the featherweight ladder ended in quick fashion when he was dethroned by Conor McGregor and since then the former champion has been trying to reclaim his belt but his record has been patchy at best.
Losing twice to Max Holloway in devastating fashion had many wondering if Aldo would attempt to move up to lightweight and seek a new direction but the Brazilian is adamant that he is staying put and with a big win over Jeremy Stephens in his last bout, Aldo is hoping that another performance will hold him in good stead for another crack at current champion Max Holloway.
Renato Moicano has been setting the division on fire with many believing that the 29 year old is destined to become the featherweight champion sooner rather than later.
Currently riding a two fight win streak with impressive finishes to boot, Moicano’s only blemish came against Brian Ortega to hand him his only defeat of his professional career to date.
Jose Aldo presents an interesting challenge ahead for Moicano but could also be viewed as a tricky match up for Aldo also.
Strikes v Subs
With 18 KO/TKO victories on his record, it’s quite obvious what Aldo’s game plan is likely to be coming into this fight. Using those patented heavy leg kicks early and often will be key to keeping Moicano at bay in the early goings.
However, given Moicano’s prowess for grappling, his ability to catch a leg kick and dump opponents onto the canvas is frightening and the submission specialist will look to utilise his excellent BJJ skills to stifle Aldo’s attack and put him in a position where he may be most vulnerable.
Though Aldo has good grappling skills himself, he hasn’t shown them of late and earned his only submission win back in 2005 and is certainly an area Moicano will look to exploit throughout the fight.
This is an incredibly important fight for both men with Moicano in the ascendancy and Aldo attempting to claw his way back to the top in a pivotal featherweight fight.
The action can be seen on BT Sport from 1am on Satruday night.