Brandon Royval Does the Unexpected as Ex-Champ Moreno Agrees to Take On Rival, Just a Month After the Former’s Loss to Champ Alexandre Pantoja, Fans React

Published 01/12/2024, 12:28 AM EST

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The UFC is returning to Mexico in February. Former champion Brandon Moreno was set to take on Amir Albazi in the main event on February 24. However, the Iraqi fighter had to pull out due to an undisclosed injury and Brandon Royval stepped in to replace him. Fans have weighed in on the situation after the change for the upcoming Mexico event.

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Brandon Moreno lost last time out as Alexandre Pantoja defeated him to capture the flyweight title. On the road to his comeback, ‘The Assassin Baby’ was set to face Ami Albazi, who’s undefeated in the UFC with a 5-fight winning streak. But he had to pull out and now he is prepping to run things back with an old foe.

Brandon Moreno set to face a former rival


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Although the former champion was set to face a new contender, he will now fight Brandon Royval in a rematch. In the previous encounter, Brandon Moreno successfully defeated Royval with a first-round TKO finish back in 2020. Now, after three years, Royval, who recently competed for the flyweight title, will have the opportunity to even the score.


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The fight on February 24 is an important one for both Brandon Royval and Brandon Moreno. Both fighters are coming off a loss each in their previous fight and would hope to secure a victory to get back into the title picture. Meanwhile, many fans chimed in to give their take on the change in the main event of the February 24th event in Mexico. Let’s see what they had to say.


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What did the fans say about Albazi’s replacement?

The fans shared some polarizing reactions to the news of Moreno vs. Royval 2. Nevertheless; they were impressed with Brandon Royval for accepting to fight the former champion a month after he fought for the flyweight title. They also believe that this could be a great fight for them to witness.

“2 month turnaround is insane.”

“way better fight”

“Holy sh*t this is a banger fight”

Furthermore, the fans were also excited to see which “Brandon” prevails this time out. In addition to that, they claimed that Amir Albazi would have been exposed to his weaknesses if he had fought Moreno.

“The Alfa Brandon will prevail”

“AMIR would’ve gotten fraud checked”

However, there were certain sections of fans who did not want to see this fight. Rather, they wanted to see Albazi get humbled by Brandon Moreno. Meanwhile, some fans also mentioned that they’d rather watch the fight between Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan.


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“I don’t wanna see this I rather see Albazi man cmon albazi was talking all this sh*t I wanted to see him get humbled”

“This fight sucks, I’d rather watch Zhang vs Yan”

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Dana White has already made some huge fight announcements for some of the upcoming UFC events. It remains to be seen if the fight between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval goes to distance or finishes quickly like last time. What do you make of this replacement? Do you think Moreno vs Royval 2 would be a better fight? Drop your comments below.



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Himanga Mahanta


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