Renato Moicano is a Brazilian talent who has moved up in the lightweight and is currently 2-1 in the division, Moicano believes that he is better suited for this division and he sees a promising future ahead of him.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Moicano talked about this transition, he said, “I’m 2-1 in the division, but I wanna be 10-1. I wanna go strong in this division. Let’s see what the UFC has to offer, but I’m happy with my performance. I felt great in this division. Let’s stay humble, not talk too much, but keep working hard to continue to improve my game.”
When asked about who he would like to face next he mentioned Gregor Gillispie, “He’s a great fighter that not too many people want to fight, so I’d be more than willing to test [my] jiu-jitsu against his wrestling,” Moicano said.
“I’ll work twice as hard at lightweight,” Moicano said. “[Gillespie] is avoided [by others], right? My strategy is to ask for those fights, ask for fights that nobody wants. Nobody wants to fight this guy. He’s good, he’s at the top, so I want him. If you don’t want it, I’ll take it. Gillespie had that loss to Kevin Lee, who’s also a wrestler, but he has one of the best grappling in the UFC, regardless of weight class, and just did an incredible fight with Diego Ferreira.” (h/t MMAFighting.com)
“His jiu-jitsu has some flaws,” Renato Moicano sees some flaws in Gregor Gillespie’s game
Moicano believes a fight against Gillespie makes perfect sense, he stated, “I think it’s a fight that makes sense, it’s a clash of styles. I just got here [to the division] so I can’t go out calling people out at 155, especially since I had a loss to a tough guy [Rafael Fiziev], but I have a name in the UFC, I have 11 fights in the UFC and a good record.”
He added, “I’ve fought all the best guys at featherweight. Won some, lost some, but only two or three of my featherweight fights were against unranked opponents. I think we have to take that into consideration and book me against someone at the top.”
Then he talked about some flaws in Gillespie’s game, “Maybe his jiu-jitsu isn’t the best off his back,” Moicano said. “Most of the time he just tries to scramble and get back to his feet. He won’t just play guard, right? It’s not his thing. I see him a technical guy in the grappling area, but maybe his jiu-jitsu has some flaws.” (h/t MMAFighting.com)