Dec 16 2023
Saturday

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States

Co-Main Event
5 rounds contest @ Flyweight
26-5-0
UD 5

Score cards

  • 50-45
  • 50-45
  • 49-46
UD 5
14-6-0

Belts on The Line

UFC Flyweight Championship

The tape

34
Age
31
5' 5" / 166 cm
Height
5' 9" / 175 cm
68.1" / 173 cm
Reach
70.5" / 179 cm

Tape record

SDSUBSUBUDUD
Form
SUBSDSUBKOSUB
26
Wins
14
8
By KO
3
31
KO%
21
10
By SUB
9
38
SUB%
64
5
Loses
6
0
Stopped
1
0
Tapped
1
0
Draws
0
2007
Debut
2012
31
Bouts
20
70
Rounds
38
5 hours, 4 minutes
Fight Time
2 hours, 27 minutes

Tape rankings @ Flyweight

-
UFC
3
-
Bellator
-
1
Tapology
5

Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Royval report

Who won Pantoja vs Royval?

Alexandre Pantoja beat Brandon Royval by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the co-main event of UFC 296, on Saturday 16th December 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The scorecards were announced as 50-45, 50-45, 49-46 in favor of the winner Alexandre Pantoja.

The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).

This contest was for the UFC Flyweight championship.

Pantoja vs Royval stats

Alexandre Pantoja stepped into the octagon with a record of 26 wins, 5 losses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 10 by submission.

Brandon Royval made his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by knock out and 9 by submission.

This was Alexandre Pantoja's 15th fight in the UFC, having made his debut for the promotion in 2017.

Alexandre Pantoja's UFC record stood at 12-3-0, while Brandon Royval's came in at 6-3-0.

The stats suggested Pantoja had a slight advantage in power over Royval, with a 31% knock out percentage over Royval's 21%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Royval had a large advantage over Pantoja, boasting a 64% submission rate over Pantoja's 38%.

Alexandre Pantoja was the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.

Royval had a height advantage of 4 inches over Pantoja. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.

Pantoja was 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 had fought 31 more professional rounds, 80 to Royval's 49.

Pantoja vs Royval form

Alexandre Pantoja had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight before this contest, he had won against 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 beaten Alex Perez at UFC 277 on 30th July 2022 by submission in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Brandon Royval at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by submission in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Enterprise.

Before that, he was victorious against 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 lost to 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 had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against 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 beaten 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 defeated 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 been beaten by Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by submission in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Enterprise.

He was victorious against 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.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Brandon Royval had been fighting more than Alexandre Pantoja.

Going to this contest, Alexandre Pantoja had last fought 10 months and 17 days ago, while Brandon Royval's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 10 days ago.

Pantoja's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.

Royval's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Pantoja vs Royval?

Alexandre Pantoja was a 1/2 (-200) favourite going into the contest, while Brandon Royval made his way into the ring at 17/10 (+170) with oddsmakers.

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