Two top-ranked Featherweights headline the UFC’s first-ever South Carolina card on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 12 in Greenville and Bloody Elbow’s own Nick Baldwin had the opportunity to speak with the talented Brazilian MMA fighter headlining the event against the Korean Zombie, none-other-than Renato “Moicano” Carneiro.
Renato’s been fighting since 2010 and is looking to “beat him... get Zombie out of the way” for a win to get back into title contention. He intends to “train as hard as (he) can and fight has hard as (he) can and controlling the pace”, furthermore he “will not respect Korean Zombie” (like he did José Aldo) he will “put his weapons out and show to the people what I can do... and one day prove I am the best in the world... don’t blink, it will be a show”.
Moicano is ranked as #4 Current Best MMA Featherweight Fighter currently, with a 13-2-1 Record. His one recent loss out of his two was to José Aldo at UFC on ESPN+ 2 in February, via TKO-Punches at 0:44 in round two, the other was to Brian Ortega. His last victory was an overwhelming POTN quick finish over Cub Swanson via Rear Naked Choke at 4:15 in round 1 back in August, 2018. He says he wants to “put my name right on the top, I want to fight with the best and I want to be the champion, this is the goal of my life”.
His competitor is known for always bringing it. The UFC veteran Chan Sung Jung, aka: “The Korean Zombie” currently holds a 14-5-0, with his most recent loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC FN 139 in November, 2018 via Elbow at 4:59 in round 5 which was touted as a Fight of the Year contender. His last victory was over Dennis Bermudez via Punch at only 2:49 in round one back in February 2017... his fight gap was due to military duty and injuries. Due to this gap, at this time he is ranked #14 Current Best MMA Featherweight Fighter, but “that doesn’t change that he is tough, was a top-five contender, who fought for the belt”.
Odds on the fight are currently listed as Moicano: (-175) and Jung: (+135)
- 0:25 - Do you look at this fight and think it has FOTN or FOTY written all over it?
- 0:38 - When you got the call to fight Korean Zombie what was your reaction?
- 1:29 - Does the fight turning out to be the main event matter to you?
- 2:25 - Is this you’re first UFC Main Event? Does that make it special for you?
- 2:54 - Are you excited for your first five-rounder? Does that change training at all?
- 3:15 - Coming of your loss to José Aldo, what do you take away from that fight?
- 3:50 - What did you make of Zombie’s loss in that amazing fight with Yair Rodriguez?
- 5:16 - Does a win here put you back into title contention?
- 6:10 - Was Edgar vs Holloway the right fight to make?, or Max vs Volkanovski?
- 8:04 - Do you think if you get this win you will still need one more before a title shot?
- 9:10 - Taking on the Korean Zombie in Greenville, how do you get it done?
Who holds their hand up at UFC Greenville?
This poll is closed
The Korean Zombie
Here’s a look at the fight card from Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, South Carolina, via ESPN.com:
UFC on ESPN+ 12 Main Event | 6PM CST
Renato “Moicano” Carneiro vs Chan Sung Jung “The Korean Zombie”
John Lineker vs Rob Font
Bryan Barberena vs Randy Brown
Andrea Lee vs Montana De La Rosa
Kevin Holland vs Alessio Di Chirico
Prelims ESPN2/ESPN+ 3PM CST
Dan Ige vs Kevin Aguilar
Ashley Yoder vs Syuri Kondo
Matt Wiman vs Luis Pena
Alle Crowder vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Ariane Lipski vs Molly McCann
Bruno Silva vs Deron Winn
Andre Ewell vs Anderson Dos Santos
You can follow Renato via twitter @moicanoufc, or his instagram renato_moicano_ufc or follow him on facebook. You can check out more about his fight history at tapology.com, his official UFC fighter page or on his wiki.
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