It was reported earlier this month that the surging top featherweight contender Renato “Moicano” Carneiro (13-1-1) was to face Chad Mendes for his next time out. That, however, appears to no longer be the case.
Combate has now reported that the currently No. 4 ranked contender Moicano will now be facing off against a fellow rising contender, Bosnia’s Mirsad Bektic (13-1) at UFC 231 on December 8 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. According to the report, Moicano says he expects to act as the alternate fighter if needed in the case of an injury to either man in the night’s featherweight title fight main event between the champion Max Holloway and the unbeaten challenger Brian Ortega.
Both Moicano and Bektic have been nearly perfect throughout their young careers so far and their continued growth shows more and more evident with each fight.
Their lone career losses both came in come from behind fashion for their opponents who they were very clearly beating beforehand.
For Moicano, his loss came to the previously mentioned next title challenger Ortega two fights ago when the two met at UFC 214 in July 2017.
Bektic’s loss put him on the wrong end of arguably the greatest comeback of all time when Darren Elkins rallied late at UFC 209 in March 2017 after being thoroughly dominated for two and a half rounds.
As for the rest of the stacked Toronto 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 10/22/2018