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MMA Preview: UFC – Brandon Moreno (21-7-1) vs. Brandon Royval (15-7-0) 2

Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2 is the headliner of the UFC Mexico event, which is on the program this coming Saturday at Arena CDMX in Mexico City

Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2 is a rematch of their 2020 fight, which Moreno won by a technical knockout in the closing moments of the first round. Fast-forward to February 24, 2024, and the two meet again. Can Royval exact his revenge? Let’s find out!

Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2 Odds

Moneyline       Odds

Brandon Moreno         -250

Brandon Royval           +210

Odds courtesy of Sports Odds Direct as of Friday, February 23, 2024

When, Where, and How to Watch?

Place: Arena CDMX in Mexico City, Mexico

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time: 10:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: ESPN+

Brandon Moreno is 21-7-1 overall and is a former UFC Flyweight champ, who held the championship belt on two separate occasions. The first time, he lost the title to Deiveson Figueredo; the second time, it happened against Alexandre Pantoja.

If he’s going to get a chance to fight for the title again, he needs to beat Royval at UFC Mexico. The good news for him is that betting odds are in his favor. Bookies seem to think that he’s got the skillset needed to beat this opponent once again.

In addition to that, he will also have the crowd to support him on Saturday. The fight is taking place in his home country of Mexico.

Brandon Royval grew up in a Mexican family, but he’s fighting out of Colorado, so you can be sure that the crowd in Mexico City won’t be rooting for him. This is just one of the disadvantages he has in the matchup with Moreno.

Another, even bigger problem for Royval is that he hasn’t had a full camp to prepare for the UFC Mexico main event. The thing is that Moreno was originally meant to fight Amir Albazi, but the Iraqi fighter withdrew because of an injury. Royval stepped in as his replacement with just a bit over a month to prepare for the fight.

He did, however, fight relatively recently. It was December 16, 2023, when he stepped into the Octagon the last time. Royval fought Pantoja for the title but lost by decision after five rounds of intense fighting.

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