Tape rankings @ Flyweight
Who won Royval vs Nicolau?
Brandon Royval beat Matheus Nicolau by during the prelims of UFC Fight Night – Holloway vs. Allen, on Saturday 15th April 2023 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Brandon Royval.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
Royval vs Nicolau stats
Brandon Royval stepped into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Matheus Nicolau made his way to the cage with a record of 19 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Nicolau had a slight advantage in power over Royval, with a 26% knock out percentage over Royval's 21%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Royval had a massive advantage over Nicolau, boasting at 64% submission rate over Nicolau's 26%.
Brandon Royval was the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.
Royval had a height advantage of 3 inches over Nicolau. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Royval was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 year later than Nicolau, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 11 less professional rounds, 38 to Nicolau's 49.
Royval vs Nicolau form
Brandon Royval had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Matt Schnell at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by in the 1st round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Previous to that, he had beat 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.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by split decision in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Enterprise.
Before that, he had won against Kai Kara France at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by split decision in the 2nd round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had beat Nate Williams at LFA 79 on 22nd November 2019 by split decision in the 1st round in their LFA Flyweight championship fight at 1STBANK Center, Broomfield, United States.
Royval's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Nicolau's last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Royval vs Nicolau?
Brandon Royval was a 17/10 (+170) underdog going into the contest, while Matheus Nicolau made his way into the ring at 12/25 (-210) with oddsmakers.