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Renato Moicano withdraws from Fight Island clash with Magomed Mustafaev

Renato Moicano (pictured) will no longer face Magomed Mustafaev in Abu Dhabi.
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Renato Moicano was set to make his second appearance as a lightweight in the UFC on Oct. 17, taking on Magomed Mustafaev in Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island, but he was pulled from the bout, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report from Ag. Fight.

It’s still unclear if the UFC will book Mustafaev against a new opponent at the Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi. The card will be headlined by Brian Ortega vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

Moicano (14-3-1) impressed in his 155-pound debut in March, making short work of Damir Hadzovic with a 44-second rear-naked choke finish in Brazil. Moicano went 5-3 as a featherweight in the octagon, including wins over Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens.

Mustafaev (14-4) won three of five under the UFC banner since 2015, a trio of stoppages of Rafael Fiziev, Joe Proctor and Piotr Hallmann. “The Sniper” is looking to get back on track after losing a split decision to Brad Riddell in February.

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