Raulian Paiva


Fades following quick start
June 26, 2022
Paiva lost to Sergey Morozov via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
We didn't know it at the time, but Paiva's strong opening round would end up being his only potential chance to win this fight. The Brazilian landed plenty of impactful power shots in Round 1, some of which had Morozov in real trouble, but Paiva was unable to close the show, and his effectiveness dipped from there. He spent nearly four minutes of Round 2 on his back and landed just 16 total strikes in Round 3. By that point, there was little doubt Paiva would drop a 29-28 decision. There is still theoretical upside with Paiva considering he won't be turning 27 years of age until October, but his 3-4 record in seven UFC bouts suggests a future breakout is unlikely.
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Facing Morozov in June
April 15, 2022
Paiva agreed to fight Sergey Morozov at UFC's June 25 event, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Paiva is coming off a loss to Sean O'Malley at UFC 269 in December, which ended a three-bout winning streak. Morozov is also coming off a loss after falling to Douglas Silva de Andrade in February, bringing his record in the promotion to 1-2.
Finished by Sean O'Malley
December 11, 2021
Paiva lost to Sean O'Malley via TKO (punches) at 4:42 of Round 1 at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It seemed to be going pretty well for Paiva, until it wasn't. He did a solid job in the early going of limiting O'Malley's power shots, but the Brazilian ate a right hand late in the frame which forced him up along the fence, and O'Malley quickly pounced and unloaded on him before referee Jason Herzog had finally seen enough. Paiva entered this bout coming off a hard-fought ,majority decision win over Kyler Phillips this past July, but O'Malley is clearly on a different level, and that's why Paiva entered as a +245 underdog -- one of the biggest on the entire card. With the defeat, the 26-year-old falls to 3-3 in his first half-dozen UFC bouts.
Set for O'Malley bout
October 2, 2021
Paiva will fight against Sean O'Malley on Dec. 11 at UFC 269, according to Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca.
Paiva, who owns a 21-3-0 record in professional MMA, will face a tough test in O'Malley, who recently destroyed Kris Moutinho and has won two fights in a row. The bout will be in Las Vegas, at T-Mobile Arena.
Outlasts opponent in FOTY contender
July 24, 2021
Paiva defeated Kyler Phillips via majority decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
There is so much to say about this fight that wouldn't fit in the headline. Paiva ate three or four clean shots on the chin and looked to be well on his way out of this fight before (and after) the bell rung for the end of Round 1. Things looked to be going similarly in Round 2 before a clean shot from Paiva dropped Phillips. From there, Paiva simply wouldn't let his opponent breathe, pressuring him and landing shots. Unfortunately, the win was not without controversy, as it seemed implausible to most that only one judge gave Phillips a 10-8 in the first frame. Nevertheless, Paiva's obvious toughness, power, and ability to get in the face of his opponent are real assets that he can use as he tries to make a run at bantamweight. He improves to 21-3-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Moves up to 135 to face Phillips
June 27, 2021
Paiva will step in for Raphael Assuncao and take on Kyler Phillips at the UFC event scheduled for July 24, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
Paiva is riding a two-fight winning streak but recently had a matchup against David Dvorak scrapped due to weight-cutting issues. With this matchup set to be contested at bantamweight, Paiva will hopefully have an easier time hitting his mark on the scales. He draws no cakewalk in Phillips, however, as his opponent is 4-0 under the UFC banner with two post-fight bonuses on his resume. Paiva will be giving up a three-inch reach advantage to an opponent with statistical advantage in striking offense and defense. Phillips has also shown solid wrestling during his time with the company, but Paiva sports an impressive 80 percent takedown defense. It remains to be seen if that will hold up with the move up in weight class.