Brandon Royval

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Picks up slick submission win
May 7, 2022
Royval defeated Matt Schnell via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:14 of Round 1 at UFC 274 on Saturday in Phoenix.
It was a blast for as long as it lasted. Royval took a close split decision from Rogerio Bontorin this past January and he wasn't going to let this one sniff the judges scorecards. Things didn't start well for Brandon, as Schnell was able to drop him with a huge right hand. Royval appeared to be in danger while trapped in a guillotine moments later, but he was able to roll through Schnell's attempt and clamp on one of his own which ended the fight. Although it was quick, the back-and-forth excitement of this matchup earned both men $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. Royval has typically struggled against better competition, so it was imperative he pick up a win here against an inconsistent opponent in Schnell. The 29-year-old Colorado native has won two straight on the heels of back-to-back losses to Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Moreno.
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Taking on Schnell May 7
February 24, 2022
Royval will face Matt Schnell at UFC 274 on May 7, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Royval will get his second fight of the year after beating Rogerio Bontorin via split decision on Jan. 15. The 29-year-old will be seeking his fourth victory with the promotion.
Barely gets past Rogerio Bontorin
January 15, 2022
Royval defeated Rogerio Bontorin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a back-and-forth affair in which we got a good idea of what the judges valued most in terms of scoring. Royval allowed Bontorin to score 8-of-9 takedown attempts, good for 7:41 worth of control time. It's virtually impossible to win a decision when your opponent is racking up those type of numbers, but Royval found a way. He attempted to wear Bontorin down with volume, firing of 171 total strikes compared to just 71 from his opponent. Royval also had a couple quality submission attempts and a reversal in Round 3. Royval has fought better than his 3-2 career mark with the UFC would lead you to believe. He's still just 29 years of age, so there should be some runway ahead of him as the Colorado native attempts to string together some wins in 2022.
Matching up with Bontorin
October 1, 2021
Royval will face Rogerio Bontorin (suspension) in a flyweight bout at UFC's Jan. 15 event, Mike Heck and Guilherme Cruz of report.
Royval will attempt to end a two-bout losing streak after being beaten by Alexandre Pantoja via submission last month. Bontorin has been suspended since mid-May for testing positive for a banned diuretic after his win over Matt Schnell, though the suspension was reduced after claims of a tainted supplement were proven true.
Taps out to Alexandre Pantoja
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.
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.
Booked for August matchup
May 11, 2021
Royval (shoulder) will face Alexandre Pantoja (hand) in a flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 21, Farah Hannoun of reports.
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.