Renato Moicano Favored to Beat Alexander Hernandez At UFC 271

Alexander Hernandez Vs Renato Moicano UFC Background

  • Renato Moicano has opened as the betting favorite against Alexander Hernandez.
  • Moicano and Hernandez will meet in a lightweight bout at UFC 271 on February 12th.
  • This is Moicano’s fourth bout at lightweight and he is 2-1 in his new weight class.

Renato Moicano continues his lightweight run as the betting favorite against Alex Hernandez in their UFC 271 bout.

According to the top UFC betting sites, Moicano is the -180 top dog and Hernandez the +155 betting underdog in their three-round 155-pound bout on February 12th:

The bout marks Moicano’s fourth in his new weight class. He is 2-1 as a lightweight after campaigning at featherweight for most of his MMA career.

Moicano Smothers Jai Herbert

A perennial contender at featherweight, Moicano moved up to lightweight in 2020 after losing back-to-back fights to Jose Aldo and the Korean Zombie. The 32-year old Brazilian won his lightweight debut by submitting Damir Hadzovic in March 2020 but suffered a first-round knockout loss to Rafael Fiziev in his second foray at 155-pounds Moicano however, bounced back to smother Jai Herbert in his most recent bout at UFC Vegas 30.

Moicano is a former Jungle Fight featherweight champion who joined the UFC in 2014. He started his UFC career with five wins in his first six fights, with his only loss coming at the hands of Brian Ortega. But after dropping consecutive bouts against Aldo and the Korean Zombie, Moicano found himself campaigning at a new weight class.

This marks the second straight bout where Moicano will have the minus money sign next to his name. The Brazilian opened at -190 and closed at -235 against Herbert. Prior to that, he was the +120 betting underdog against Fiziev. Moicano was also the -230 favorite when he lost to the Korean Zombie, and the -125 chalk when he was beaten by Aldo.

Hernandez Knocks out Mike Breeden

Hernandez meanwhile, is coming off a knockout win over newcomer Mike Breeden at UFC Vegas 38 last October. The 29-year old from St. Louis, Missouri has alternated between a loss and win in his last six bouts after winning his first two UFC assignments against Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

A former Hero FC lightweight champion, Hernandez also made appearances for LFA and RFA before joining the UFC. He has a professional record of 13-4 with six knockouts and two wins via submission. Hernandez’s losses in the UFC have come against Donald Cerrone, Drew Dober, and Thiago Moises

Hernandez will be the betting underdog for the first time in four bouts. The last time that Hernandez saw the plus money sign next to his name was when he closed at +150 against Drew Dober. He lost that fight via TKO. Hernandez was also a heavy +360 underdog in his UFC debut where he upset Beneil Dariush.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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