Longtime featherweight fighter Renato Moicano will make the move up to lightweight in March, facing Damir Hadzovic on the UFC on ESPN+ 28 card in Brazil.
First reported by Combate and MMAJunkie, news broke Thursday that Moicano had found his first opponent in the weight class.
Moicano lost his last two fights, getting finished by Jose Aldo and more recently “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in a main event bout.
Hadzovic dropped to Christos Giagos in his last fight via unanimous decision. In total, he has a 3-3 record in his UFC run.
Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira main event the card, which has lots of Brazil influence on it. UFC on ESPN+ 28 will go down on March 14th, in Brasilia, Brazil.
Here’s the full card so far:
Bout 1: Kevin Lee (18-5) vs. Charles Oliveira (28-8) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Paige VanZant (8-4) vs. Amanda Ribas (8-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 3: Johnny Walker (17-4) vs. Nikita Krylov (26-7) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Elizeu Zaleski (21-6) vs. Alexey Kunchenko (20-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Jussier Formiga (23-6) vs. Brandon Moreno (16-5-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Demian Maia (28-9) vs. Gilbert Burns (17-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 7: Francisco Trinaldo (24-7) vs. John Makdessi (17-6) (Lightweight)
Bout 8: Mayra Bueno Silva (6-0) vs. Maryna Moroz (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Veronica Macedo (6-3-1) vs. Bea Malecki (1-0) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Rani Yahya (26-10) vs. Enrique Barzola (16-5-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 11: Bruno Silva (11-4-1) vs. Su Mudaerji (12-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 12: Renato Moicano (13-3-1) vs. Damir Hadzovic (13-5) (Lightweight)