Renato Moicano out of UFC Vegas 72 main event against Arman Tsarukyan
Renato Moicano will no longer be headlining UFC Vegas 72 on April 29.
On Thursday, MMA Junkie reported that Moicano suffered an injury and is out of his main event fight against Tsarukyan. Since then, Moicano confirmed to MyMMANews that he is out of the fight due to a knee injury. As of right now, it’s uncertain if Tsarukyan will remain on the card and get a short-notice opponent or if another fight will headline UFC Vegas 72.
Renato Moicano (17-5-1) is coming off a first-round submission win over Brad Riddell back at UFC 281 last November. The victory got him back into the win column after he suffered a five-round decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 272 in a fight he took on just a few days’ notice.
Moicano is currently ranked 13th at lightweight and is 4-2 since moving up to 155lbs. In his UFC lightweight debut, Moicano scored a 44-second submission win over Damir Hadzovic before suffering a first-round knockout loss to Rafael Fiziev. His other win came by a second-round submission victory over Alexander Hernandez. The Brazilian is currently 9-5 in the UFC and holds notable wins over Calvin Kattar, Jeremy Stephens, and Cub Swanson among others.
Arman Tsarukyan (19-3) returned to the win column last time out as he beat Damir Ismagulov by decision back in December after losing a close decision to Mateusz Gamrot in his first UFC main event. The eighth-ranked lightweight is currently 6-2 in the UFC as he beat Joel Alvarez by TKO, Christos Giagos by KO, Matt Frevola by decision, and Davi Ramos and Olivier Aubin-Mercier by decision. In his debut, he lost a competitive decision to Islam Makhachev in a scrap he took on short notice.
With Moicano out of UFC Vegas 72, the card is as follows:
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. opponent TBA
- Caio Borralho vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Marcos Rogerio
- Cody Brundage vs. Rodolfo Vieira
- Ange Loosa vs. Josh Quinlan
- Emily Ducote vs. Polyana Viana
- Natan Levy vs. Pete Rodriguez
- Brian Kelleher vs. Journey Newson
- Martin Buday vs. Jake Collier
- Cody Durden vs. Charles Johnson
- Julian Erosa vs. Fernando Padilla
- Hailey Cowan vs. Jamey-Lyn Horth
- Irina Alekseeva vs. Stephanie Egger
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime