Renato Moicano withdraws from Fight Island clash with Magomed Mustafaev on October 10th.
Renato Moicano was set to make his second appearance as a lightweight fighter in the UFC on Oct. 17, taking on Russian born Magomed Mustafaev in Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island as UFC heads back for a second time, but he was pulled from the bout due to undisclosed circumstances, following a official report from Ag. Fight.
Moicano (14-3-1) produced a quite impressive showing in his 155-pound debut in March, making it a quick night as he finished 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 veterans Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens.
Mustafaev (14-4) won three of five under the UFC promotion since joining the MMA giants back in 2015, a threefold of stoppages consisting of Rafael Fiziev, Joe Proctor and Piotr Hallmann. “The Sniper” is looking to get back in the win column after falling short in a losing effort via split decision to Brad Riddell in February at UFC on ESPN+ 26: Felder vs. Hooker.
It’s still uncertain if the UFC will schedule Mustafaev against a new opponent at the Fight Night event in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The event will be headlined by a featherweight matchup at the top of the ladder, Brian Ortega vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
With the cancellation the UFC on ESPN+ 39 now looks like:
265 lbs: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
125 lbs: Poliana Botelho vs. Gillian Robertson
205 lbs: Modestas Bukauskas vs. Jimmy Crute
185 lbs.: Yong Jin Park vs. John Phillips
205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin
135 lbs.: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Mark Striegl
170 lbs.: Mounir Lazzez vs. David Zawada