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Current rankings @ Flyweight
When is Pantoja vs Royval?
Alexandre Pantoja will face the challenge of Brandon Royval in the co-main event of UFC 296, on Saturday 16th December 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight will be contested over 5 rounds in the Flyweight division, which means the weight limit will be 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
This contest is for the UFC flyweight championship.
Pantoja vs Royval stats
Alexandre Pantoja steps into the octagon with a record of 26 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 10 by submission.
Brandon Royval will make his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.
The stats suggest Pantoja has a slight advantage in power over Royval, with a 31% knock out percentage over Royval's 21%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Royval will have a large advantage over Pantoja, boosting at 64% submission rate over Pantoja's 38%.
Alexandre Pantoja is the older man by 2 years, at 33 years old.
Royval has a height advantage of 4 inches over Pantoja. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Pantoja is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 11 more fights, and made his debut in 2007, 5 years earlier than Royval, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He has fought 32 more professional rounds, 70 to Royval's 38.
Pantoja vs Royval form
Alexandre Pantoja has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Brandon Moreno at UFC 290 on 8th July 2023 by split decision in their UFC Flyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Alex Perez at UFC 277 on 30th July 2022 by split decision in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had won against Brandon Royval at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by split decision in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Enterprise.
Before that, he had beat Manel Kape at UFC Vegas 18 on 6th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had been beaten by Askar Askarov at UFC Fight Island 2 on 18th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Royval has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he defeated Matheus Nicolau at UFC Fight Night – Holloway vs. Allen on 15th April 2023 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Matt Schnell at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by submission in the 1st round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, he had won against Rogerio Bontorin at UFC Fight Night on 15th January 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had lost to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by submission in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Enterprise.
He had defeated Kai Kara France at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by submission in the 2nd round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In terms of recent activity, Brandon Royval has been fighting more than Alexandre Pantoja.
Alexandre Pantoja last fought 4 months and 26 days ago, while Brandon Royval's last outing was 7 months and 19 days ago.
Pantoja's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 16 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Royval's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 8 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Pantoja vs Royval?
Alexandre Pantoja is currently 4/9 (-230) to win the clash outright, while you can get 17/10 (+170) on Brandon Royval if you fancy the upset.
Pantoja vs Royval US streams
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UFC 296 Tickets
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