MMA Preview – Jose Aldo vs Renato Moicano at UFC Fight Night 144

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 144? Saturday 2nd February, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 144? Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil

What channel is UFC Fight Night 144 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 144? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 144? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

UFC Fight Night 144 is hosting some of the best fighters in Brazil and the co-main event is graced by arguably the greatest in José Aldo. Coming towards the end of his illustrious career, he is taking on a fellow Brazilian with his all of his ahead of him.

Renato Moicano has only lost one fight and looks like a dead-cert to challenge for the featherweight title at some point in the future. He has all the skills, and despite getting submitted by Brian Ortega he boasts impressive wins over the likes of Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson.

However, in a generation of supremely talented featherweights, Aldo has only been outmatched by Max Holloway and Conor McGregor, and rolled back the clock in his last fight by finishing Jeremy Stephens with a clubbing left hook to the liver.

THE PREDICTION

Aldo is expected to pick off Moicano from distance as usual. He will negate the reach discrepancy with timed movements as well as any takedown attempts and wear Moicano down with vicious punches and leg kicks.

Moicano has all the skills to cause the upset, especially as retirement has appeared on the horizon for Aldo. However, the biggest factor in this fight is that Aldo is only fighting for three scheduled rounds as opposed to five, meaning he can be even more explosive and dangerous.

Winner: Aldo via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.