Renato Moicano is wasting no time.
Days after serving as a backup fighter at UFC 231 in Toronto, the featherweight contender is now expected to face former 145-pound champion Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.
Aldo last fought in July, improving to 27-4 in MMA with a first-round knockout victory over Jeremy Stephens. The Nova Uniao fighter, who lost three of his previous bouts, finished by Max Holloway (twice) and Conor McGregor, scored his first stoppage win since 2013 against Stephens.
Moicano (13-1-1) enters the contest coming off back-to-back victories over Cub Swanson, a first-round submission in August, and a decision against Calvin Kattar in early 2018. The American Top Team talent, who suffered his only loss in MMA to Brian Ortega in 2017, was expected to face Mirsad Bektic at UFC 231 before Bektic pulled out of the card with an injury.
UFC Fortaleza takes place at the Centro de Formacao Olimpica in Fortaleza, Brazil, and will be headlined by a five-round rematch between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes. The event was originally expected to feature Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good in the co-headliner.
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano
Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good
Thiago Alves vs. Max Griffin
Johnny Walker vs. Justin Ledet
Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez
Junior Albini vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Mara Romero Borella vs. Taila Santos
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