Renato Moicano vs Chad Mendes in the works for UFC 231

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The featherweight division is has gotten plenty good over the years and there are several current top fighters that display why.

Multiple of those fighters will be competing on December 8 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

MMA Brasil has reported that a second high caliber 145-pound matchup is now in the works for UFC 231 as rising contender Renato “Moicano” Carneiro (13-1-1) is expected to face former two-time title challenger Chad “Money” Mendes (18-4).

The Team Alpha Male staple Mendes just recently returned from a nearly three-year absence from the Octagon after being handed a two-year suspension from USADA. In his return, he picked up right where he left off as he scored an impressive first-round TKO over Myles Jury at UFC Boise in July.

While Mendes has been away, new blood has been flowing its way through the division and a part of that movement has been the near-perfect Moicano.

To be exact, Moicano has fought five times since Mendes fight prior to his return and has gone 4-1 in doing so with his only loss coming to the upcoming title challenger who will be in the event’s headliner, Brian “T-City” Ortega.

Moicano’s four wins came over the likes of Zubaira Tukhugov, Calvin Kattar, Jeremy Stephens and most recently a first-round submission of Cub Swanson at UFC 227 in August.

As for the rest of the excellent looking card, it currently looks like this:

FEATHERWEIGHT – 145LBS: (C)MAX HOLLOWAY VS. BRIAN ORTEGA

FLYWEIGHT – 125LBS: (C) – VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – 205LBS: JIMI MANUWA VS. THIAGO SANTOS

STRAWWEIGHT – 115LBS: CLÁUDIA GADELHA VS. NINA ANSAROFF

MIDDLEWEIGHT – 185LBS: ERYK ANDERS VS. ELIAS THEODOROU

LIGHTWEIGHT – 155LBS: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VS. GILBERT BURNS

Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Eye

BANTAMWEIGHT – 135LBS: BRAD KATONA VS. MATTHEW LOPEZ

WELTERWEIGHT – 170LBS: CHAD LAPRISE VS. DHIEGO LIMA

LIGHTWEIGHT: JOHN MAKDESSI VS. CARLOS DIEGO FERREIRA

FEATHERWEIGHT: HAKEEM DAWODU VS. KYLE BOCHNIAK

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: DEVIN CLARK VS. ALEKSANDAR RAKIĆ

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/15/2018