WATCH: Intense Fight Ends in a Nasty Choke By UFC Flyweight Brandon Royval

Published 09/27/2020, 12:45 AM EDT


UFC Flyweight Brandon Royval secured a slick guillotine choke on City-Kickboxing’s star talent Kai Kara-France at UFC 253. The bout took place on the main card for the UFC’s returning pay-per-view event on Yas Fight Island. Chiefly, the 125-pound match-up was a critical meeting that would allow the winner to make a major advancement in the division.

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Brandon Royval’s statement win came early into the second round after a strong showing in the opening moments of the fight. Also, right from the outset, it was clear that the fight would play out largely as a grappling exchange. The former LFA champion mercilessly cranked on France’s neck and closed the show.

Wooooooow 😱

Brandon Royval is the real deal folks!

He submits Kai Kara-France in the second round and puts the flyweight division on notice 😤 #UFC253 pic.twitter.com/A91KQHP6nx

— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 27, 2020

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UFC Flyweights: Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Royval

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Kara-France had plenty of hype going into the scheduled bout with Royval and was bookmarked to edge out a win. He has gone 4-2 in the promotion and will look to maintain more consistency as he moves forward in his career. Moreover, the City-Kickboxing standout has had a lot of hype behind him as the team is on a roll. Not to mention, four of the gym’s fighters including Kara-France were present on the UFC 253 card.

Brandon Royval is now riding a four-fight win streak with each win coming by submission. His ground game covers a wide arsenal of diverse weapons that makes him dangerous. With a win over a prime up and comer, ‘Raw Dawg‘ can expect to push his way towards divisional contention.

The flyweight division is being steered by the recently minted belt holder, Deiveson Figueiredo. The undisputed champion possesses a significant threat to the divisional contenders by virtue of his brute strength at 125-pounds. What’s more, he has proven himself to be a formidable puzzle to figure out for any stand-up fighter.

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Royval might be an interesting stylistic enigma that the flyweight division is in dire need of. He has shown his prowess on the ground and has displayed ferocious stand-up to boot. The UFC will be keen to push him towards contention in a relatively thin division as it currently stands.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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