Brandon Royval
Raw Dog

USA

Taps out to Alexandre Pantoja
FlyweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Royval lost to Alexandre Pantoja via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:46 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Royval began his UFC run with submission wins over Tim Elliott and Kai Kara-France but has since gone on to suffer back-to-back stoppage defeats at the hands of Pantoja and Brandon Moreno. Of course, Moreno is the current UFC Flyweight Champion and Pantoja is likely his next challenger, so the defeats don't look all that bad in hindsight. Royval hung tough in Round 1, but Pantoja eventually took his back early in Round 2, and that is generally a recipe for disaster. Royval may not be on the same level as the top flyweights on the UFC roster, but he has a couple nice victories under his belt since joining the UFC and makes for solid roster depth.
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Booked for August matchup
FlyweightUFC
May 11, 2021
Royval (shoulder) will face Alexandre Pantoja (hand) in a flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 21, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both Royval and Pantoja will be returning from 180-day medical suspensions when they enter the Octagon in August. Royval sustained a right shoulder injury when he lost to Brandon Moreno via TKO (injury) at UFC 255 in November. Pantoja hurt both of his hands when he defeated Manel Kape via unanimous decision in February. Royval has advantages in both height and reach.
Dealing with shoulder injury
FlyweightUFC
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.
No-shows UFC 255 bout
FlyweightUFC
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
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
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.