UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov: Renato Moicano vs Jai Herbert: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/25/2021, 12:29 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov will see a lightweight match-up between Renato Moicano and Jai Herbert go down as the main card opener. As both fighters are entering the fight on the back of a loss, they will be determined to get their hand raised this weekend.

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Moicano, a UFC veteran since 2014, has already made 10 appearances inside the UFC Octagon. Having made a promising start to his UFC career, the Brazilian has dropped 3 out of his last 5 fights. Adding to the misery of his skid, all 3 of his recent losses have come by knockout. Hence, the submission specialist will be determined to alter the path of his UFC career when he enters the Octagon this weekend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Renato Moicano of Brazil and Rafael Fiziev of Kyrgyzstan face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 33-year-old Englishman, Herbert, made his Octagon debut in his last fight against Francisco Trinaldo. As ‘The Black Country Banger’ suffered a T/KO loss, the former Cage Warriors fighter will look t0 register his first UFC win against Moicano.

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Moicano has a professional record of 14-4 with 7 finishes (all submissions) under his record. Herbert’s record stands at 10-2 with 9 finishes. 8 T/KO and 1 submission comprise those numbers for the 33-year-old.

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Renato Moicano vs Jai Herbert: Analysis

Herbert looked really good in his last fight against Trinaldo. Despite his loss, there were moments in the fight where the Englishman put his skill to display. However, the questions about his chin remain.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – MARCH 14: (R-L) Renato Moicano of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Damir Hadzovic of Bosnia in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event on March 14, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC)

Moicano, on the other hand, is very chinny. He moved up a weight class to not put the extra taxation of cutting weight anymore on his body. But this fight might prove he is probably a bit undersized for the 155 lbs division of the UFC.

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Herbert will look to keep the fight standing and stay away from Moicano‘s excellent ground game. He might be able to frustrate his Brazilian opponent on the feet and eventually get a late finish in his favor.

Final Prediction: Jai ‘The Black Country Banger‘ Herbert by third-round T/KO.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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