Welcome to CagedInsider’s liveblog coverage of UFC 198, an epic pay-per-view card from Brazil featuring, well, pretty much every fighter a Brazilian could possibly want to see.
First up in the Fight Pass prelims is local boy Renato Moicano versus Chechen Zubaira Tukhugov. They’re both Octagon veterans, with Moicano some sort of submission machine and Tukhugov riding a three-fight win streak.
The Chechen comes out dancing around like a Mexican jumping bean. Moicano looks to slow him down by chopping away at his legs with kicks. Three minutes in Tukhugov simply pushes his opponent down, but before he can get any ground and pound going, Moicano tries to catch him in a triangle choke. Tukhugov stands and eats an upkick, so he attempts some sort of jumping guard pass. The Brazilian kicks him out of the air, and the ensuing scramble sees Moicano almost take his back before Tukhugov rolls to safety.
Moicano is about 100% more aggressive in the opening of the second, trying to keep his foe off balance with kicks, jabs, crosses and an endless pursuit. This slows the Chechen a bit, but about midway through the round Tukhugov says screw it and starts wading in with wild punches. Both men have terrible aim, although it’s Miocano who does land slightly more.
Round 3 opens with Tukhugov muscling Moicano to the canvas, but he doesn’t seem to know what to do there and they’re back on their feet almost instantly. This happens over and over again, and while Moicano manages to ding Tukhugov up with counters, he’s the one who’s bloody thanks to a cut near his eye. The final horn sounds with the Brazilian tagging him with kicks and counters.
Result: Renato Miocano def. Zubaira Tukhugov via Split Decision