Jungle Fight 29: ‘Moicano’ Holds Off Santos to Remain Undefeated

By Guilherme Pinheiro Jun 26, 2011


Renato “Moicano” Carneiro (left) upped his record to 5-0 at Jungle Fight 29. | Photo: Gleidson Venga



It wasn't a walk in the park, but unbeaten featherweight prospect Renato “Moicano” Carneiro did enough in the eyes of the judges to keep his unblemished record intact and get his fifth victory in as many outings against veteran Iliarde Sabino Belo dos Santos at Jungle Fight 29.

After a first round which saw Carneiro comfortably keep Santos at bay with his jabs and kicks for most of period, the Constrictor Team product started to have problems early in round two, when Santos started to press forward with lunging punches that kept finding Moicano’s face. After weathering the early storm, Carneiro evened the action with a couple of takedowns that likely stole the second round.

Round three was even worse for the young fighter, who had to backpedal in order to avoid Santos’ power shots. Still, Santos connected with a good number of punches and Moicano had to channel all of his energy to survive the round. In the end, the judges awarded him with a unanimous decision, which was somewhat contested by the local crowd.

“He is very tough. He has more losses than I have fights,” said Carneiro with a tone of relief in his voice. “I came here to show the new generation of MMA. I have been training for only two years, but I´m really putting in the time to be great.”

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