- Renato Moicano is down to face Paddy Pimblett next
- The Brazilian is confident he could finish “The Baddy” in the first round
UFC lightweight Renato Moicano wants to give Paddy Pimblett the business first before anything else.
Paddy has the potential
Speaking to Michael Bisping, Moicano accepted Pimblett’s recent callout and hit back with his own. According to the Brazilian, “The Baddy” has all the potential to become an elite fighter but before he can achieve that, Moicano said he would have to make him suffer a first-round defeat first.
“He’s trying to make himself a name in UFC right and I think he could be a good fighter. I remember his fighting against Luigi Vendramini and I know Luigi Vendramini is tough and he was losing and then he beat [Luigi] so I think he has a good chin,” Moicano assessed.
“Every time that I talk sh*t about the fight is because I want to get the fight but I will be honest with you I think he can take a punch. I think his chin is good but I do think that he lack some defense on the striking, especially when he’s walking forward like his chin is up high. I think his wrestling is not top notch, I think he has a good jiujitsu but only jiujitsu is not gonna get you to the rankings you know… you have to have a good striking and a solid wrestling and a good cardio and as far as I am concerned his cardio is not the greatest too so I see a lot of holes,” he continued.
“With his popularity and how UFC likes him, I think he can do it. The only problem is he’s going to be a better fighter after I finish him on the first round,” he concluded.
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Renato can face Paddy this summer
Moicano is fresh off a decision win over Drew Dober at UFC Vegas 85. Nevertheless, he is certain that he could take on Pimblett this summer.
“I can beat [him] June but I’m not waiting too much, I’m 34 years old, I have to go and if you want that smoke just send me the contract Paddy Pimblett. Easy money, I gonna make you easy money my brother, finish on the first round,” Moicano said.
As it stands, Moicano is now on a two-fight winning streak. On the other hand, Pimblett has remained unbeaten in the UFC, having handed Tony Ferguson his 7th straight loss at UFC 296.
Watch Moicano’s full interview below: