UFC Vegas 46: Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin: Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/14/2022, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Brandon Royval reacts after his submission victory over Tim Elliott in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


An exciting fight at UFC Vegas 46 is the flyweight fight between Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin.

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Brandon Royval is currently ranked 5 in the flyweight division. He is considered one of the most exciting fighters in the division and has lived up to that. ‘Raw Dawg’ made his UFC debut in May 2020 against an always challenging Tim Elliot. He submitted Elliot in the second round and announced himself in the UFC. For his next fight, he took on Kai-Kara France. The fight was looked at as a banger and it did deliver. Royval won the fight with another second-round submission. With the win over France, he had won four fights in a row, with two of them coming in the UFC. However, since then he has lost two consecutive fights. He will look to get back to winning ways and push for a title fight.

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Rogerio Bontorin is a Dana White’s Contender Series alumni. He entered the tournament with a 13-1-1 record and put his opponent to sleep in the second round. The Brazilian went on a two-fight win streak in the UFC but succumbed to two back-to-back losses. Bontorin came back from the losses with an impressive win at UFC 262 against Matt Schnell. If he is able to beat Royval, he will be within shouting distance from a title fight.

UFC Vegas 46: Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin

Royval is a fighter that always goes full speed inside the octagon. ‘Raw Dawg‘ throws punches in high volumes and adds dangerous kicks to go along with them. He also has excellent jiu-jitsu and isn’t afraid to scramble on the mat. He throws in a lot of submission attempts and eight of his career wins have come via submission. Royval also has a 100 percent takedown defense and will have a one-inch reach advantage in the fight.

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Bontorin would know how dangerous Royval is and will look to endure his initial onslaught. The Brazilian will have opportunities to take his opponent down and would need to capitalize on them. ‘Raw Dawg’ lost his last fight via submission after he gave up his back. Bontorin also lands 53 percent significant strikes and would want to set up his takedowns with them.

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This will be a close fight, but Brandon Royval’s striking and grappling should help him get the win.

Prediction: Brandon Royval to win in the third round via submission

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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