American fighter Brandon Royval is preparing to fight Flyweight Champion Alexandre Pantoja for the belt at UFC 296.
Brandon Royval has a 21-6 record in his MMA career.
He went 8-3 before signing for UFC. One of those wins came in the first round against Joby Sanchez, who fought in UFC from 2014 to 2018.
Royval made a splash instantly in UFC, winning his debut match on May 30, 2020, against Tim Elliot via second-round submission and winning the Fight of the Night award.
He continued his hot streak against Kai Kara-France at UFC 253 on September 27, 2020. He won via submission in the second round and earned another Fight of the Night award. After this fight, he quit his full-time job working in the juvenile justice system to focus on fighting full-time.
He suffered his first loss after entering a fight against Brandon Romero as a replacement for Romero’s original opponent, Brandon Moreno. It was fought on November 21, 2020, at UFC 255 and Royval lost in the first round by technical knockout.
Royval lost his second match in a row to Alexandre Pantoja, the man Royval will fight for the Flyweight Championship at UFC 296. Their first matchup was on August 21, 2021, and Pantoja won by submitting Royval with a rear-naked choke in the second round.
Royval returned to winning ways on January 15, 2022 with a split-decision win over Rogerio Bontorin.
At UFC 274 on May 7, 2022, Royval beat Matt Schnell by submission with a guillotine choke in the first round. Royval earned this third Fight of the Night award for this match.
Royval beat Matheus Nicolau on April 15, 2023, in his last match before UFC 296. Royval is currently ranked fourth in UFC’s Flyweight Division.
Royval will face Flyweight Champion Alexandre Pantoja for the belt at UFC 296. Pantoja won via second-round submission in their first meeting in 2021.
Royval is the +187 underdog heading into UFC 296.
Royval won his first UFC Performance of the Night award for his first-round knockout win against Matheus Nicolau on April 15, 2023.
Brandon Royval was born on August 16, 1992, in Denver, Colorado. He is 31 years old.
Brandon Royval is 5-foot-9 and 125 pounds. He has a 68-inch reach and has fought in the Flyweight division for his entire MMA career.