Renato Moicano pulled the upset of the night at UFC On Fox 24 after he defeated top 5 ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens by decision.
According to Moicano, the fight against Stephens made no sense to him whatsoever.
“This fight with Jeremy Stephens really made no sense, so I don’t know what the UFC is thinking now,” Moicano said to MMA Fighting. “It depends on who they want to promote, for an example. This fight, they clearly wanted to test me, and it seems like they wanted to elevate Jeremy, too. They gave him a fight to win. He was coming off a loss to an excellent fighter, Frankie (Edgar), so they gave him a fight in Kansas City, close to his hometown.”
After the victory over Stephens, the undefeated fighter moved his record to 11-0-1.
Now that the fighter has earned a victory over a top 10 fighter, the Brazilian wouldn’t mind if his next opponent is also ranked in the top 5.
“I think a top 5 would be good,” he continued. “I see some things I still have to evolve, so I’m going to the United States to learn new techniques at American Top Team. I’d like to fight another top 5, if possible, but I’m fine with whoever they send. I’m happy. The tougher the opponent, the better.”
Other than the aforementioned win over Stephens, the undefeated fighter also defeated Tom Niinimaki and Zubaira Tukhugov under the UFC banner.