LOS ANGELES -- Renato Moicano has been quietly developing into one of the finer fighters in the UFC’s featherweight division.
But after scoring the biggest win of his career on Saturday night, he’s not likely to be under the radar much longer.
The American Top Team competitor from Brazil wasted little time getting to work against popular veteran Cub Swanson before earning the victory on Saturday night. A rear-naked choke got the job done at the 4:15 mark of the opening round of their UFC 227 main-card bout at Staples Center.
After a brief feeling-out period, Moicano turned the bout in his favor by dropping him with a perfectly placed left jab. Moicano rained down hammerfists, but Swanson, to the delight of his hometown fans got back to his feet.
But it didn’t stay there long. Moicano stayed on Swanson, once again took him to the mat, and didn’t take much time from there to finish things off with the winning rear-naked choke.
With the victory, Moicano improved to 13-1-1. He’s won two straight and five of six in the UFC, with his only loss coming to current top contender Brian Ortega.
“I try to do my best and in the future I will be champion,” Moicano said after his sixth careerwin via finish. “I want the belt I want to fight here in LA. Give me the belt please.”
Swanson (25-10), who recently signed a new UFC contract, lost his third consecutive bout.