ROUNDTABLE: Staff predictions for Jose Aldo vs. Renato Moicano

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

August 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Renato Moicano is declared the winner by submission against Cub Swanson during UFC 227 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Who wins Saturday’s fight between Jose Aldo and Renato Moicano?

Cole Henry, Host – MMA Scope Podcast

I think that Jose Aldo is being written off a bit quickly here. It seems that lots of folks are picking Moicano and while I get the temptation, I still think that Aldo will get it done here. Aldo wanted this fight to be the co-main event so as to avoid a five rounder which means that we may see a more aggressive Aldo than we are accustomed to. The last time Aldo competed in a three-round fight he scored a first round KO for the first time since 2012. Moicano is a strong challenger and he really hasn’t shown too many flaws aside from questionable fight IQ in the Ortega fight, but still, I’ll go with Aldo here.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Jose Aldo is done if he loses; he’s done by the end of this year anyway so it doesn’t really matter to him. This would be a big win for Renato Moicano and I think he’ll come in hungry and ready to fight. Renato is on the come up; he last lost to Brian Ortega who is also on the come up. Moicano wants to be in the title picture right along with Ortega and he will go through Jose Aldo to get there.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’m going with Aldo. I’m a believer in him, he’s had rough patches but he’s battled back and shown the heart of a champion. It’s almost easy to forget just how talented this man is and I think he stops Moicano late in the third round. I think Aldo’s greatness is what makes Max Holloway’s wins over him all the more impressive. Aldo’s not just some guy who’s going to fade into obscurity, he’s still a great fighter until proven otherwise. Because of that, I’m sticking with Aldo.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

This is a very good fight, that I think many see as a passing of the torch, but I don’t see it. Aldo isn’t done yet, and although he is leaning off his peak, he spoils the expected Holloway/Moicano fight, as he beats Moicano.

Gary Meigs, MMATorch Contributor

I’m going with Jose Aldo here. Aldo was dominant in his last fight against Jeremy Stephens. It’s hard to pick against a guy who in the last thirteen years has only lost to Conor McGregor and Max Holloway.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

I can’t pick against Jose Aldo. I agree with Cole that a lot of people are writing him off way too soon. He looked like a killer against Jeremy Stephens last summer, and Stephens is no slouch. He also looked good against Holloway until he got tired. So a three-round fight is perfect for Aldo at this stage. Renata Moicano is a tough opponent, but I like Aldo to get a third-round knockout win.

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