According to multiple reports this Tuesday evening, UFC lightweight, Renato Moicano has agreed to replace a COVID-19 stricken, Rafael Fiziev on just four days’ notice and fight former undisputed division champion, Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of UFC 272 on Saturday.
Per an initial report from ESPN MMA reporter, Marc Raimondi, Moicano has verbally agreed to replace Fiziev against his fellow Brazilian dos Anjos at the catchweight limit of 160lbs. If both contracts for the bout are penned, the clash is expected to take place over the course of five rounds to boot.
Per a later report from Ariel Helwani, Moicano remains in his native Brazil, however, is scheduled to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada later today. Moicano’s management firm, Knock Out Representation confirmed that Moicano currently weighs in the region of 180lbs.
Moicano, a native of Brasilia, will make his second Octagon appearance since mid-February, when he submitted lightweight contender, Alexander Hernandez with a second round rear-naked choke at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas.
Following the removal of Fiziev from Saturday’s co-main event with dos Anjos, recent UFC Vegas 49 headliner, Islam Makhachev stunningly offered to make a seven day turnaround and face the Brazilian this weekend at a catchweight limit of 170lbs. However, the pairing, which had been previously booked on three separate occasions, failed to come to fruition.
For dos Anjos, the former undisputed lightweight champion has been out of action since UFC Vegas 14 back in November 2020, where he secured a rather comprehensive split decision victory over another short-notice replacement, Paul Felder at the UFC Apex facility in ‘Sin City’.
A former undisputed 155lbs champion, dos Anjos landed the crown with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis in 2015, before securing his sole successful defense courtesy of a rematch knockout win over Donald Cerrone in December of that year.
UFC 272 is slated to take place on March 5. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – with a welterweight grudge match between Colby Covington, and Jorge Masvidal booked to take main event status.