In a co-main event at UFC, Rafael dos Anjos absolutely punishes Renato Moicano and lands a crucial win. The dejected Renato Moicano stepped in at short notice for this 5 round bout. Dos Anjos’ scheduled opponent Rafael Fiziev was forced to pull out of the fight when he contracted COVID-19.
Dos Anjos put on a dominant performance at UFC 272, easily defeating Moicano in all 5 rounds of their bout. In hitting and grappling, Dos Anjos was a level above Moicano, and Dos Anjos dropped Moicano in the second round. Although this seemed like the beginning of the end, Moicano struggled through the devastating blows he received from Dos Anjos. By the end of the third round, Moicano’s face was bloody and bloated and the doctor was called to check on him, but he was allowed to continue.
After many similar events in Round 4, the ringside doctor was called again to check on Moicano. The doctor did not stop the fight but told the referee that it would be prudent to stop the fight. In the 5th round, Dos Anjos slowed down a bit and Moicano surprised him with a series of punches that got him caught. However, the last attempt at victory for Moicano fizzled as Dos Anjos recovered and won the comfortable decision.
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“I took my foot off the gas” – Rafael dos Anjos opens up about his decision to rest Moicano at UFC 272
In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Dos Anjos admits to taking his foot off the gas in the 5th round of the season UFC272 which resulted in him getting caught. Dos Anjos and most who watched the fight believe the fight should have been stopped by the trainers. Moicano was clearly unable to damage Dos Anjos while he himself was being destroyed.
At this point, like boxing, MMA coaches should protect the fighters and throw in the towel. Dos Anjos speculates that the trainers think the smaller MMA gloves give you a better chance of a wonderful win. So coaches sacrifice their fighters’ health and let them keep going for the slim chance of winning.
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