Brandon Royval (born August 16, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Flyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2012, Royval has also formerly competed for Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he is a former Legacy Fighting Alliance Flyweight Champion. As of December 5, 2023, he is #2 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[4]

Brandon Royval
Born (1992-08-16) August 16, 1992 (age 31)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Other namesRaw Dawg
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach68 in (173 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado
TeamFactory X[2]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mario "Busy" Correa[2][3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission8
By decision2
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Born and raised in Denver, Brandon was already training Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at the age of 15.[5] Royval has an older brother, Darian.[5]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Royval took his first amateur bout at the age of 18, racking up a 5–0 record.[5] Starting his professional career in 2012, Royval compiled an 8–3 record fighting mostly for Legacy Fighting Alliance, eventually culminating in a shot for the interim LFA Flyweight Championship against Casey Kenney, which he lost by unanimous decision.[6]

Brandon Royval next faced UFC vet, Joby Sanchez at LFA 65 on May 3, 2019, winning the bout via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[7]

Royval was going to face Jared Scoggins for the vacant LFA flyweight title on November 22, 2019 until Scoggins pulled out of the fight. Nate Williams stepped up as a replacement and Royval won the LFA Flyweight title via first round armbar.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Brandon made his UFC debut on May 30, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns against Tim Elliott.[9] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[10] This fight earned Royval a Fight of the Night award.[11]

Royval faced Kai Kara-France on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253.[12] After both fighters being knocked down in the first round, Royval won the fight via submission in the second round.[13] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[14]

Royval was a replacement for Alex Perez against Brandon Moreno on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[15] He lost the fight via technical knockout on round one.[16]

Royval faced Alexandre Pantoja on August 21, 2021 UFC on ESPN 29.[17] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke in round two.[18]

Royval faced Rogério Bontorin on January 15, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 32.[19] He won the fight via split decision.[20]

Royval faced Matt Schnell on May 7, 2022 at UFC 274.[21] He won the back-and-forth fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[22] The fight also won both men the Fight of the Night bonus award.[23]

Royval was scheduled to face Askar Askarov on October 15, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 212.[24] However the bout was cancelled the day before the event due to weight management issues.[25]

Royval was set to face Amir Albazi at UFC Fight Night 216 on December 17, 2022.[26] However, Royval pulled out of the bout in late November due to a broken wrist.[27]

Royval faced Matheus Nicolau on April 15, 2023 at UFC on ESPN 44.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[30]

Royval is scheduled to rematch with Alexandre Pantoja for the UFC Flyweight Championship title on December 16, 2023, at UFC 296.[31]

Personal life edit

After the win against Kai Kara-France, Royval quit his full-time job in the juvenile justice system.[8] He also works as the jiu-jitsu instructor at Factory X.[32]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 15 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 8 1
By decision 2 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–6 Matheus Nicolau KO (knee and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs. Allen April 15, 2023 1 2:09 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–6 Matt Schnell Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 274 May 7, 2022 1 2:14 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 13–6 Rogério Bontorin Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Chikadze January 15, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–6 Alexandre Pantoja Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 2 1:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–5 Brandon Moreno TKO (punches) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Kai Kara-France Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 253 September 27, 2020 2 0:48 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Fight of the Night.
Win 11–4 Tim Elliott Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 2 3:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–4 Nate Williams Submission (armbar) LFA 79 November 22, 2019 1 0:23 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won the vacant LFA Flyweight Championship.
Win 9–4 Joby Sanchez Submission (armbar) LFA 65 May 3, 2019 1 3:17 Vail, Colorado, United States
Loss 8–4 Casey Kenney Decision (unanimous) LFA 53 November 9, 2018 5 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States For the interim LFA Flyweight Championship.
Win 8–3 Charles Johnson Decision (unanimous) LFA 48 September 7, 2018 3 5:00 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win 7–3 Jerome Rivera TKO (arm injury) LFA 39 May 4, 2018 1 0:40 Vail, Colorado, United States
Win 6–3 Demetrius Wilson Submission (triangle choke) LFA 22 September 8, 2017 2 2:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 5–3 Nick Urso Decision (split) LFA 10 April 21, 2017 3 5:00 Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Win 5–2 Rakan Adwan Submission (armbar) LFA 5 February 24, 2017 1 1:54 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 4–2 Angel Torres Submission (triangle choke) SCL 53 October 15, 2016 1 0:34 Denver, Colorado, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 3–2 Ricky Palacios Decision (unanimous) Combate Americas: Road to the Championship 5 May 26, 2016 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 3–1 Danny Mainus KO (knee) WSOF 29 March 12, 2016 1 2:48 Greeley, Colorado, United States
Win 2–1 Joey Welch TKO (punches) SCL: Mile High Mayhem August 23, 2014 1 0:51 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 1–1 Ben VomBaur Decision (unanimous) Kick Down MMA 104 October 19, 2012 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 1–0 Sammy Rind TKO (elbows) Kick Down MMA 102 August 17, 2012 1 1:45 Denver, Colorado, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout.


See also edit

References edit

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  7. ^ John Morgan (May 3, 2019). "LFA 65 results: Brandon Royval taps out UFC vet Joby Sanchez".
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