COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Renato Moicano hopes to see Max Holloway defending the UFC featherweight title after UFC 236.
Holloway (20-3 MMA, 16-3 UFC), the current UFC champion with 145 pounds, will rise to lightweight for a provisional 155-pound title holder against Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) on Saturday. card, which takes place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta and airs on pay-per-view following the preliminaries on ESPN and UFC Fight Pbad.
Moicano (13-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is among the best featherweight contenders, but he said he does not care that Holloway advances through the fight with Poirier, who is one of his teammates in the American Top Team in Florida. . Naturally, his opinion comes with some partiality, but Moicano sincerely believes that "The Diamond" will win at UFC 236, forcing Holloway to lose weight to defend his belt.
And if not, potentially release the title for another use.
"Maybe it's an opportunity for another man to take that belt because Max is going to fight Dustin," Moicano told MMA Junkie. "I do not think he wins, but let's see, the fight is always tough, but I trust Dustin's victory, I think Dustin will win and Max will come to the featherweight to defend his title."
Moicano may have felt different about the situation if he had beaten former champion Jose Aldo at UFC on ESPN + 2 in February. He was on a good run at the start of the contest, but he fell short by TKO in the second round in what could have been a title eliminator for him.
While Holloway does his thing at lightweight, the Brazilian said he is looking for a "main contender" to compete against that, which will put him back in the mix of the title. He said he knows where he faltered against Aldo, and said he plans to show a better version of himself the next time he leaves.
"I know I'll be better," said Moicano. "I take that loss, I come back from that loss and I know I come back better."
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