Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is all set to fight top lightweight contender Renato Moicano in the co-main event of UFC 272 which is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Rafael Dos Anjos was originally scheduled to fight Rafael Fiziev, but the Kazakh fighter was forced to withdraw after he contracted Covid.
There were talks about Islam Makhachev replacing Fiziev, but now it looks like that Renato Moicano will be flying in from Brazil to fight Rafael Dos Anjos at 160lbs catchweight limit.
Renato Moicano is riding on a two-fight winning streak having defeated the likes of Alexander Hernandez and Jai Herbert. Both his last two wins have come via rear-naked choke submission.
Rafael dos Anjos x Renato Moicano at 160 pounds has been verbally agreed to for this weekend, sources say. Five rounds. Not signed yet but that’s the direction and everyone seems confident it happens.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 1, 2022
On the other hand, Rafael Dos Anjos is coming off of split decision win against Paul Felder. The fight took place back in 2020 and Dos Anjos hasn’t competed since.
UFC 272 is supposed to be headlined by a welterweight fight between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington.
UFC 271 Main Card – Live on PPV
Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington – Welterweight
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Renato Moicano – Catchweight (160 Pounds)
Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell — Featherweight
Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira — Welterweight
Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy — Heavyweight
Jalin Turner vs. Jamie Mullarkey — Lightweight
Marina Rodriquez vs. Xiaonan Yan — Women’s Strawweight
Nick Negumereanu vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu — Women’s Flyweight
Maryna Moroz vs. Mariya Agapova — Light heavyweight
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Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Brian Kelleher — Featherweight
Alex Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano — Lightweight
Tim Elliott vs. Tagir Ulanbekov — Flyweight
L’udovit Klein vs. Devonte Smith — Lightweight
Dustin Jacoby vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk — Light Heavyweight