Another Huge Fight Added to UFC 271 as Renato Moicano Returns to UFC Action

Published 10/27/2021, 6:15 AM EDT


UFC veteran Renato Moicano is no stranger to MMA fans. The “Mohawk” had his UFC debut back in 2014, where he picked up the win against Tom Niinimäki and extended his unbeaten run. Later, he rose and fell to the elite fighters at featherweight- Brian Ortega, Chan Sung Jung, and Jose Aldo. However, he found a new home at lightweight and is all set to return to the octagon at 155 lbs.

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Renato Moicano will take on the 29-year-old American fighter Alexander Hernandez at UFC 271. Following a post from AG Fight, MMA Junkie confirmed this upcoming bout.

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‘The Mohawk’ has won two of his last three fights. He claimed a 44-second submission victory over Damir Hadzovic at UFC on ESPN+ 28. In his next fight, he lost to Rafael Fiziev in the opening round at UFC 256. Moicano won his most recent fight against Jai Herbert at UFC Vegas 30 in June earlier this year.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: (R-L) Calvin Kattar punches Renato Moicano of Brazil in their featherweight bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Hernandez, a four-year UFC veteran, will look to build a name for himself and move up the ranks. The 29-year-old has won 3 of his last 6 fights in the UFC. In his last fight, he landed a spectacular first-round KO punch against Mike Breeden.

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Throwback to Renato Moicano vs Jai Herbert

The ‘Mohawk’ had his most recent fight against Jai Herbert earlier this year. In their UFC Vegas 30 main card opener, Moicano absolutely dominated Jai throughout the fight.

Renato’s repeated takedown attempts gave the Brit very little time to do anything. Finally, a second-round takedown resulted in Moicano’s super quick submission victory.

In the fourth minute of round two, Herbert let Moicano take his back. Hence, he was trapped in a rear-naked chokehold and tapped.

What do you make of this booking for the second PPV of 2022? Who do you think will be able to kickstart a winning run at lightweight? Renato Moicano or Alexander Hernandez?

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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