Brandon Royval Follows Julian Marquez Path of Celebrity Call-Outs by Messaging Kim Kardashian on Instagram

Published 02/22/2021, 8:59 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Kim Kardashian attends the CFDA Fashion awards in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/


Kim Kardashian has just been dragged into the newest UFC fighter trend. After Julian Marquez successfully got Miley Cyrus to respond to his Valentine’s Day call-out, other fighters have taken note.

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If not for anything, it helps them boost their image in the eyes of the public, as Marquez received some mainstream attention. Too bad he didn’t capitalize.

However, Brandon Royval of the UFC Flyweight Division is taking his ambitious shot as well. He went for one of the most famous women in the world in Kim Kardashian.

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Kardashian recently split with husband Kanye West after 6 years of marriage. Royval saw an opportunity and gave it his best shot.

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While the trend may be a little worrying, it is relatively harmless. Fighters are leveraging themselves into this position where a successful call-out can get them a lot of attention.

In a business like the UFC where one’s ability to move the needle is crucial, it is understandable why fighters are doing this.

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Kim Kardashian to respond to the top UFC Flyweight?

While these call-outs are really fun, it seems Royval may have aimed too high up right now. Kim Kardashian has the most Instagram followers for any non-sportspersons on the platform, so it is unlikely he gets a response. But crazier things have happened.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Brandon Royval kicks Brandon Moreno of Mexico in their flyweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Royval is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. He won Fight of the Night bonuses in just his first 2 bouts with the promotion. While his 3rd bout was a loss to current #1 contender Brandon Moreno, the ceiling for the 28-year-old Flyweight is still high.

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However, Royval did take the Moreno fight on short notice. His return will be pretty big atop the UFC Flyweight rankings, with a possible matchup against Alexandre Pantoja looming. While Kim K may not be getting into his DMs, he does have a bright future in MMA ahead of him.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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