With Alex Perez stepping in to face Deiveson Figueiredo, multiple sources tell me the UFC is now targeting Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval at #UFC255 in what has to be a number one contender fight. https://t.co/PFInRd6WQc— Cole Shelton (@ColeShelton91) October 2, 2020
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An all-Brandon flyweight battle for the ages is coming to a Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view.
Fresh off Alex Perez stepping out of his match with Brandon Moreno (17-5-1) to face Deiveson Figueiredo for the belt, the UFC has found a replacement, according to BJPenn.com on Friday. The promotion is looking to book Brandon Royval (12-4) against Moreno on UFC 255, which will be taking place on Nov. 21 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It has since been confirmed by other outlets. This will be the first match in UFC history pitting together two men named Brandon.
Royval burst on to the UFC scene in May by tapping Tim Elliott with an arm-triangle choke. Since then, “Raw Dawg” engaged in a thrilling battle with Kai Kara France in September, where he ended up tapping the Kiwi in the second round after engaging in a “Round of the Year”-candidate opening frame. Before signing with the UFC, Royval appeared eight times for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, in a run that culminated with winning the flyweight strap at LFA 79 in November. Eleven of the 12 career wins for Royval have come by stoppage.
Moreno has made the most of his second stint with the promotion, returning after a single victory in LFA to fight to a draw against the undefeated Askar Askarov. Since then, Moreno has taken a pair of spirited decisions over Kara France and Jussier Formiga, the last of which coming in March. Making his UFC debut after Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Moreno beat Ryan Benoit and put Dustin Ortiz to sleep with a rear-naked choke to start things off. Two decision losses to Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja forced his ejection from the company, but only for 16 months.
UFC 255 takes place on Nov. 21 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, where it will be headlined by a flyweight championship bout between Figueiredo and Perez for flyweight gold. The co-main event is another flyweight title fight but in the women’s division, as Valentina Shevchenko defends the strap against Jennifer Maia. The main card will treat fans to a rematch between Mauricio Rua and Paul Craig at light heavyweight, and the event will be anchored by a welterweight thriller of Robbie Lawler vs. Mike Perry.