Matt Schnell



Quickly taps in Phoenix
May 7, 2022
Schnell lost to Brandon Royval via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:14 of Round 1 at UFC 274 on Saturday in Phoenix.
It's a crushing defeat for Schnell and it came in arguably the worst possible fashion. Schnell -- typically a pure mat specialist -- was able to drop Royval with some solid work on the feet before working for a guillotine choke. Royval was able to roll through it and clamp on a guillotine choke of his own, which made Schnell tap in short order. Schnell has been wildly inconsistent during his time with the UFC, sporting a 5-4 (1NC) mark in his first ten bouts with the company, but he clearly has more ability than that record would lead you to believe. Schnell turned 32 years of age this past January, so now it the time for him to make a move. In the meantime, he'll at least take home $50,000 after this back-and-forth affair was given Fight of the Night honors.
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Brandon Royval on tap
February 24, 2022
Schnell will match up against Brandon Royval in a flyweight bout scheduled to take place on May 7 at UFC 274, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Schnell is set to return to the Octagon for the first time since May 15, 2021 after his scheduled bout with Alex Perez was ultimately called off after the latter missed weight. In his last fight, Schnell lost to Rogerio Bontorin via unanimous decision at UFC 262.
Fight called off
February 11, 2022
Schnell will no longer participate Saturday at UFC 271, as his fight against Alex Perez was called off Friday due to his opponent missing weight, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The matchup between Schnell and Perez has now been cancelled on four separate occasions. Schnell reportedly declined to go through with the fight after Perez came in two pounds overweight.
Opponent misses weight
February 11, 2022
Schnell's UFC 271 opponent, Alex Perez, missed weight Friday, reports.
Perez weighed in at 128 pounds, two pounds above the limit for a non-title flyweight fight. If the fight proceeds as scheduled, Perez will likely have to forfeit a portion of his purse.
New Perez date set
January 18, 2022
Schnell's scheduled flyweight matchup against Alex Perez has been moved to UFC 271 on Feb. 12, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland reports.
Schnell originally agreed to step in on short notice and face Perez last summer, but the date ended up getting pushed back twice and eventually landed at UFC 269 in December. Schnell ended up having to pull out due to an unspecified medical issue. Now on the fifth booking of this proposed matchup, Schnell finds himself as a sizable betting underdog of roughly (+270) against the former title contender. While Schnell has height and reach advantages, Perez has faced far superior competition, in addition to edges in striking and takedown volume. Schnell will have to stay on his feet to have a chance, though he defends takedowns at only a 50 percent clip.
Won't fight due to medical issue
December 10, 2021
Schnell won't fight Alex Perez on Saturday due to an unspecified medical issue, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Schnell was able to weigh in but was not cleared to fight. His fight against Perez continues to run into bad luck, as the pairing had already been moved three separate times before finally being set for Dec. 11. Whether or not Schnell and Perez will be matched against each other yet again sometime soon remains to be seen .