After a memorable performance at UFC 281, Renato Moicano has his sights set on Conor McGregor — at least, he’d love the opportunity if presented to him.
Moicano submitted Brad Riddell to Saturday’s feature preliminary bout at Madison Square Garden, New York. Moicano, who felt disrespected going in, gave Joe Rogan an amazing post-fight interview and allowed people to see another side of him.
Now that McGregor has been ranked higher in the latest rankings, Moicano would like to be able to see the greatest star of all time from across the octagon.
“F*** McGregor, bro, it’s my time,” Moicano said on The MMA Hour. McGregor was a great champion of the sport. But, right now, he is done. He’s going to be in serious trouble if he wants the marijuana, because I will defeat him. You can rest assured that I will defeat his ans. .”
Moicano has now submitted opponents in three of four, and was able to get back on track after dropping a five-round decision to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 272 in March — a fight he took on less than a week’s notice.
If given options by the UFC, Moicano has narrowed his choices down to two fighters — with McGregor at the top of the list.
“F ****** McGreor. Of course, I want to fight with him,” Moicano stated. “I don’t think he’d accept a fight with me because I think he’s going to 170 or something like that. He looks big, but if they [asked me who I’d want to] fight, it’d be McGregor or Islam Makhachev, of course because I want to be champion.
“I want to be a millionaire, so what better way than to beat a millionaire. F ****** McGregor is rich. Moicano wants the money, McGregor has the money, so why not do that fight? It’s good.”
With his renewed fire, Moicano has found himself as an individual — and even speaking in third person. It’s a funny and enjoyable way to talk about himself. Moicano is 33 old and knows that his time as a fighter will be short-lived. He wants to make his experience worthwhile.
“Moicano wants the money. Moicano wants the McGregor fight. Moicano stated that Moicano would like everything. Moicano stated, “I will put in the effort to beat him up.
“This time. It is Moicano’s best and most accurate version. I don’t care.”