An Absolutely Savage Jose Aldo Beats The Breaks Off Renato Moicano
José Aldo battled Renato Moicano tonight in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 144 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Aldo had remarked before the fight that 2019 will be his final year competing in mixed martial arts and that he has no intention of trying to regain the UFC Featherweight Title.
Aldo came into the fight having beaten perennial featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens back in July with a first-round knockout that earned him the performance of the night honours. This standout performance led many to believe that Aldo’s time in the title picture was not quite over yet.
Prior to that momentous win, he had twice been beaten by the then heir to the featherweight throne, Max Holloway, with the Hawaiian managing to win both fights via knockout.
Facing him on the other side of the cage tonight was Renato Moicano. Prior to this fight, Moicano had quietly been rising the ranks in the 145lbs division amassing wins over the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Calvin Kattar, and Cub Swanson. Moicano had also shown his class in defeat to recent title challenger Brian Ortega. In that fight, Moicano had consistent success against T City but was ultimately was finished with a guillotine choke in the final round.
Prior to tonight’s fight, Aldo also spoke to the media about a desire to compete on the upcoming UFC 237 card, also set to take place in Brazil. Aldo also revealed that a fight between him and Donald Cerrone was in the pipeline but Cerrone instead chose to pursue his yet to be confirmed fight with Conor McGregor.
In lieu of Cerrone, Aldo stated that he would like to face former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. Pettis and Aldo had originally been set to square off way back in 2013, but a Pettis injury saw Aldo fight, Chan Sung Jung, instead. In the wake of the news, Pettis took to social media to state his willingness to fight the Brazilian.
Aldo (28-4), the former two-time UFC featherweight king, sent a partisan and delirious Brazilian crowd home happy with a vicious second-round TKO of 145-pound contender Renato Moicano in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Fortaleza.
The 32-year-old Aldo has said all week that he plans to retire at the end of 2019 after fighting out his UFC contract and hopes all three of fights this year will take place in Brazil. It’s a notion that Saturday’s crowd likely agrees with considering the steady chants throughout the fight and Aldo’s high-wire celebration act after the win which included leaping the cage and celebrating within a mob of fans.
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