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Moreno vs Royval: UFC’s sixth return to Mexico includes a spotlight rematch

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Elite flyweights Moreno and Royval will face off on Saturday, February 24 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico (Photo: UFC)

Moreno vs Royval: The UFC is returning to Mexico for the sixth time, giving fight fans a high-stakes fight. The main highlight of the main event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday, February 24 is set to be an intriguing rematch between two elite flyweight contenders, Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval.

‘The Assassin Baby’ set for Octagon return in Hometown Showdown after Summer Title loss

Brandon Moreno, known as ‘The Assassin Baby’, is ready to step into the Octagon after losing the title to Alexandre Pantoja last summer. Eager to pick up another win, Moreno gets the chance to compete on home turf for the fourth time in his UFC career, giving Mexican fans something to cheer about at UFC Fight Night.

In the Octagon, Moreno faces Brandon Royval, who looks to unseat Amir Albazi as he looks to bounce back from his recent loss in his title clash with Pantoja. Both fighters are equal opponents in Pantoja, setting the stage for a compelling and intense rematch in Mexico City.

Moreno vs Royval Over Rodriguez vs Ortega Shows Respect For Former Flyweight Champion

The decision to have Moreno vs Royval as the main event instead of Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega shows the UFC’s respect for former flyweight king Brandon Moreno. As possibly the most successful Mexican-born fighter in UFC history, Moreno’s flexibility and skill have earned him praise despite recently losing a title fight.

Moreno’s journey leading up to this rematch has been nothing short of ups and downs. Since his victory over Brandon Royval in November 2020, he has been involved in just six fights, demonstrating his toughness and determination inside the Octagon. The upcoming bout against Royval will be Moreno’s first non-title fight since their initial meeting.

However, questions remain over Moreno’s ability to dispatch Royval once again. Despite being a better overall fighter, Moreno has suffered significant damage in recent years. Royval, with his aggressive instincts and versatility, poses a credible threat, especially given the back-and-forth nature of their previous encounter.

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Royval aggressive style on display as Pantoja fight sets stage for UFC flyweight showdown

Royval’s last fight, a five-round bout with Pantoja, demonstrated his dangerous offensive abilities. Despite ultimately being outpointed, Royval’s commitment to offense leaves him open, as evidenced by his first meeting with Moreno, where a potential shoulder injury played a significant role.

The main event underscores the UFC’s commitment to the flyweight division, which has largely struggled with depth at the top. Brandon Moreno’s four-fight rivalry with former champion Deiveson Figueiredo is credited with saving the division from possible elimination, and a similar rivalry can be seen with Royval.

With a record of 21-7-2, Brandon Moreno aims to add another impressive win to his UFC career. His opponent, Brandon Royval, with a record of 15-7, seeks redemption and another win at the title. The clash between their styles and history could be a wild fight, with Moreno likely to get the edge in the final rounds.

As the UFC returns to Mexico, fans can expect an exciting night of mixed martial arts action, culminating in a Moreno vs. Royval rematch that will surely leave a lasting impact on the flyweight division. The atmosphere at Arena Ciudad de Mexico is about to reach fever pitch as two elite fighters compete for supremacy in this highly anticipated showdown.



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