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UFC Fight Night 144 Betting Preview: Renato Moicano vs. Jose Aldo, Plus Undercard Bets

Feb 02, 2019 4:04 PM EST
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Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jose Aldo (red gloves).

  • Renato Moicano (-120) and Jose Aldo (+105) meet in the co-main event in a battle between top featherweights.
  • Charles Oliveira (-120) vs. David Teymur (+100) and Johnny Walker (-210) vs. Justin Ledet (+175) provide valuable betting opportunities on the undercard for UFC Fight Night Fortaleza.

UFC Fight Night 144 betting odds: Renato Moicano vs. Jose Aldo

  • Renato Moicano -120
  • Jose Aldo +105
  • Time: Approx. 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: ESPN+

The co-main event of the UFC’s second event on ESPN+ is headlined by a featherweight bout between No. 4 ranked Renato Moicano and No. 2 ranked Jose Aldo. Moicano is looking to extend his UFC record to 6-1 while Aldo is looking to put together his first winning streak since losing to Conor McGregor in 2015.

Renato Moicano

Moicano first stepped into the public consciousness of MMA fans in his third UFC fight: a decision victory over Jeremy Stephens in April 2017. He followed that performance up with a gutsy, but losing effort, to recent title challenger Brian Ortega. Moicano then reeled off two impressive victories over fellow prospect Calvin Kattar and veteran Cub Swanson.

Moicano is a muay thai fundamentalist that employs a high-volume attack built on leg kicks and an educated jab. He complements his striking with a capable ground came, superior cardio, and an impressive killer instinct.

This is a “show me” fight for Moicano, who will surely be angling for a title shot with a win over Aldo. Moicano is currently tied with Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski for No. 4 in the featherweight rankings, and a win over No. 2 ranked Aldo should separate him from the pack.

Jose Aldo

The inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo was nigh invincible during his reign of terror through WEC & UFC. From 2008 to 2014, “Junior” won 15 consecutive fights – often in spectacular fashion. Aldo eventually fell at the hands of Conor McGregor in 2015 and has had a turbulent career since then.

Aldo rebounded from the McGregor loss with a decisive decision over Frankie Edgar, but he subsequently fell twice to current UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway. However, Aldo’s most recent fight was a return to form as he finished Jeremy Stephens via vicious body shot in the very first round. The stoppage victory was Aldo’s first since 2013.

Like his opponent, Aldo is a muay thai-specialist. He’s one of the best athletes the UFC has ever seen and has been devastating opponents with his explosive striking attack for over a decade. Though it’s unlikely Aldo ever sees another title shot while Holloway is champion, this fight is more about Aldo proving he still has something left in the tank.

The Matchup

Striking

On a surface level, we have two similar fighters on their feet. Both Brazilians are based in muay thai and boast remarkably similar significant strikes (SS) statistics.