In his lopsided loss to former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos over the course of five rounds Saturday in Las Vegas, Moicano (16-5-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) absorbed a tremendous amount of damage and lost a unanimous decision.
Shortly after his fight, MMA Junkie learned from his manager, Oren Hodak of KO Reps, that Moicano was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Hours later, Moicano was cleared and released. He then posted a statement to his Instagram account, which voiced pride and positivity.
“No excuses, thanks Rafael dos Anjos and @ufc for this opportunity,” Moicano wrote. “This defeat doesn’t define me. I’m not a loser, because I lost. And I’m not a winner when I win. I’m victorious in life, the way I handle myself with my family and my team. Thanks God, this is a great time to be alive. Never forget, I’m always chasing the BIG MONEY PORRA!”
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) March 6, 2022
Moicano, 32, took the 160-pound catchweight fight against dos Anjos on four days’ notice. He flew from Brasilia, Brazil, and spent nearly 20 hours on a plane cutting weight Wednesday. The appearance came three weeks after his UFC 271 victory over Alexander Hernandez and snapped a two-fight winning streak.
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