Brandon Royval
Raw Dog

USA

OFS
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/29/2021
Dealing with shoulder injury
FlyweightUFC
OFS
November 23, 2020
Royval has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a right shoulder injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The injury caused Royval's TKO loss against Brandon Moreno and could see him forced to remain on the sidelines for quite some time. He'll be out for a minimum of 30 days and could miss considerably more time depending on the results of his MRI.
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No-shows UFC 255 bout
FlyweightUFC
OFS
November 21, 2020
Royval lost to Brandon Moreno via TKO (injury) at 4:59 of Round 1 at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Royval was gifted a major opportunity when Cody Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from Saturday's main event and Alex Perez (Moreno's originally scheduled opponent) stepped in, but he was unable to take advantage. Royval looked, quite frankly, overwhelmed, in the biggest fight of his career. As bad as it was, Royval was in position to see Round 2 before what appeared to be a shoulder injury ended his evening with just a second to go in the first frame. The UFC's 125-pound division remains painfully thin but the fact Royval wasn't the least bit competitive against Moreno is a bad sign.
Added to UFC 255 card
FlyweightUFC
OFS
October 2, 2020
Royval will face Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Royval will step in for Alex Perez, who will switch his opponent from Moreno to Deivison Figueiredo after Figueiredo's original opponent, Cody Garbrandt, withdrew with a torn biceps. Royval has won both of his UFC appearances thus far, with each coming in the second round via submission. He's set for quite a quick turnaround after defeating Kai Kara France on Sept. 26. Moreno is also riding a two-fight winning streak.
Stuns Kai Kara-France at UFC 253
FlyweightUFC
OFS
September 26, 2020
Royval defeated Kai Kara-France via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:48 of Round 2 at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's a second straight submission win for Royval to begin his UFC run and the second straight in which he did so as a substantial underdog. A mat specialist by trade, Royval hung with Kara-France on the feet in a wild, back-and-forth Round 1 before grabbing a hold of his neck early in Round 2 and choking him out. Royval looked lousy in his UFC debut against Tim Elliott this past May before scoring the stoppage. He took that fight on just over a week's notice, and that undoubtedly played into his performance. Royval looked much more comfortable on Saturday with a full training camp under his belt. The 28-year-old Colorado native is clearly a name to watch in a flyweight division that needs all the quality depth it can find. He'll also take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Slated for September bout
FlyweightUFC
OFS
July 27, 2020
Royval is scheduled to face Kai Kara-France in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Sept. 26 event at a yet-to-be-determined location, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Royval will step back into the Octagon for the first time since scoring a second-round submission victory over Tim Elliott in his promotional debut back in May at a UFC event in Las Vegas. He'll draw a tough opponent in Kara-France, a victor in nine of his last 10 bouts, with four of those wins coming as a member of the UFC promotion.
Stuns Tim Elliott in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
OFS
May 30, 2020
Royval defeated Tim Elliott via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Royval was not happy with his performance despite the victory, and rightfully so. It must be mentioned that Royval only found out about this fight a little over a week ago, but he definitely struggled outside of the finish. He allowed Elliott to control the early pace of the fight with his wrestling. Royval found himself on his back early and often in Round 1. The tide changed in Round 2 when Elliott clearly gassed out. Royval was able to flip him over during a mat exchange and secure the arm-triangle that ended the fight. The fact Royval recognized his shortcomings is even more impressive than his victory. It will be interesting to see how the former LFA product looks with a full training camp under his belt. In the meantime, he'll go home $50,000 richer after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.