The UFC Lightweight contenders, Renato Moicano and Rafael Fiziev are rescheduled to fight each other on December 12th at UFC 256. The duo was supposedly fixed to fight on ESPN 18 card, November 28th, but a COVID-19 positive test for Moicano ruled him out of the contest.
Instead of setting Fiziev with a new opponent, the UFC shifted the matchup to December 12th.
Aaron Bronsteter took to Twitter and wrote, “Per a press release, Moicano vs Fiziev is being shifted to UFC 256.” He also shared an image where it stated that the fight is being shifted to UFC 256. Also, Dana White’s Contender Series’ fighters Jonathan Pearce and Kai Kamaka will compete on that card.
Moicano began his run with the UFC from the Featherweight division. He has beaten the likes of Cub Swanson, Jeremy Stephens, Calvin Kattar, and more. The Brazilian fighter enjoyed substantial success in this division, winning 5 fights and losing 3.
After a couple of losses in the Featherweight division, Moicano moved a level up and competed at Lightweight. He amazed fans with his 44-sec submission victory over Damir Hadzovic in Round 1. His next fight was scheduled against Magomed Mustafaev in October, but he was ruled out of the fight due to reasons undisclosed.
Whereas his opponent, Rafael Fiziev, has won 8 fights and has just a single loss to his name. He is coming off 2 consecutive wins against Alex White & Marc Diakiese.
He suffered a loss to Magomed Mustafaev in his debut UFC fight, but turned things around from the next bouts. Rafael will look to make it 3 wins in a row and cement his spot in the Top-15 of UFC Lightweight Rankings.
Moicano vs Rafael will be an overall display of standup & ground game. Moicano has 58% takedown accuracy, whereas Rafael boasts of 66% takedown accuracy. Both the fighters do substantially well in their standup game as well.
Out of his 6 wins in the UFC, Moicano has submitted 4 opponents via rear-naked choke & guillotine choke. He is an extremely intimidating fighter on the mat.
Rafael Fiziev likes to take his fights long by displaying an overall show of his striking compiled with ground and pound abilities. Before signing with the UFC, Rafael had 2 T/KO victories, at Titan FC 51 and Road FC 45.
He, in fact, knocked his opponent out in just 58 seconds at Road FC 45 event. He is more than capable of giving Moicano a tough time with his standup game.
This matchup shows a lot of promise, and the winner of this fight might land a bout against Magomed Mustafaev or Brad Riddell.
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