Renato Moicano wants Makhachev or Gillespie after UFC Fight Night 190 submission win

·2 min read

LAS VEGAS – Renato Moicano beat Jai Herbert with a second-round submission Saturday to open up the main card at UFC Fight Night 190 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Moicano, who got back on track after a loss this past December to Rafael Fiziev. He’s now 2-1 since he moved to lightweight from 145 pounds in 2020.

Jai Herbert vs. Renato Moicano

Result: Renato Moicano def. Jai Herbert via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:34 Updated records: Moicano (15-4-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Herbert (10-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) Key stat: Moicano landed a career best five takedowns, including three in the first round.

Moicano on the fight's key moment

Renato Moicano

"We specifically trained to take him down and take his back. I was planning to do this, but what I expected was to finish him in the first round. I watched all his fights and he always gave up his back. I think he knew what I was going to do, so he kept avoiding giving me his back. But in the second round, I was going strong in the ground-and-pound. He gave me his back and I got the rear naked choke. "For me, in the ground game, you have to be patient. It’s more about control. Control your opponent, don’t spend energy and go in at the right time. And that’s what I did. I’m really happy that I had patience in this fight."

Moicano on getting the finish

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 26: (R-L) Jai Herbert of England punhces Renato Moicano of Brazil in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

"I felt like I had to go out strong and get a submission or a finish. That was what I trained to do and that’s what I did, fortunately. ... I was just so happy he tapped. I don’t even know how to explain it, what it’s like to win a fight. To me, it’s the best feeling in the world and I’m going to be feeling like this one week from now. I’m really happy."

Moicano on what he wants next

"My next fight will be against a top 15 (opponent), for sure. I keep asking the UFC for the best. I want the best names they can give me, and that’s what I’m looking for – guys like Islam Makhachev, (Gregor) Gillespie, all those guys. The best wrestler, the best striker – it’s even better for me. I want to fight the best." To hear more from Moicano, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. [vertical-gallery id=619457] [vertical-gallery id=619455]