Morning Report: Renato Moicano thankful Marc Goddard didn’t stop fight with Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 272


Renato “Moicano” Carneiro is one tough son of a gun. The UFC lightweight took a short-notice opportunity, and although he tasted defeat, many new fans were gained.

UFC 272’s co-main event this past weekend took a hit when the original opponent for Rafael dos Anjos, Rafael Fiziev, tested positive for COVID-19 at the start of fight week. Many names stepped up, but in the end, it was Moicano who got the opportunity.

As the round entered its fifth and final rounds, Moicano began to experience swelling around his left eye. The doctors had to enter the octagon in order to evaluate the injury. Referee Marc Goddard gave Moicano 30 seconds into the round to prove he was fine otherwise the fight would be stopped. That warning served its purpose as Moicano rallied to win the round on two of the three judges’ scorecards.

Days after his narrowly-resolved defeat, Moicano feels good. He is coping with little pain despite the battered exterior.

“I’m really thankful the [ref] didn’t stop the fight because otherwise, I would not know what I’m made of,” Moicano said to TMZ Sports. “I try to move forward and I try to fight back. The referee did a fantastic job .”


For the 32-year-old Moicano, the loss acted as the fifth of his 22-fight career (16-5-1) and snapped a two-fight winning streak. In typical short-notice fill-ins, we’ll see fighters get right up off the couch to make the best of the situation. In Moicano’s case, he had fought just a month prior at UFC 271 when earning a second-round submission against Alexander Hernandez.

Keeping all of the facts and outcomes in mind, Moicano could still make it over, if necessary.

“I don’t regret doing it,” he stated. “I knew I was not 100 percent for the fight because I was coming from a good training camp against Hernandez but it was for three rounds and I finished the guy. Moicano stated that he flew to Brazil straight after training and was already enjoying his vacation. You know what, have some beer and eat steaks. The opportunity presented itself, and you must take it up. I was eager to defeat him. His game plan was better than mine.

“He took me down, what I got mad about everything was that he dominated me on the ground, I’m mad about that. I’m really mad about that, I’m going to have to go to the gym and work on my jiu-jitsu, work on my wrestling. I was not expecting that but I knew I didn’t have the time for training but I still would take the fight.”


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