Training out of Factor X in Englewood, Colorado, United States, Brandon “Raw Dawg” Royval, 27, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 9.” It was his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Royval was born in Denver, Colorado on August 16, 1992. As a mixed martial artist, he has been competing professionally since 2012.
“UFC on ESPN 9” marked Royval’s UFC debut. He previously competed in Kick Down, Sparta Combat League, World Series of Fighting, Combate Americas and Legacy Fighting Alliance.
Tim Elliott vs Brandon Royval
Featuring 11 professional MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 9” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on May 30, 2020. In the third bout of the evening, Royval fought Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA in the flyweight division.
Mark Smith served as the referee. He put a stop to the flyweight contest when Royval submitted Elliott via arm triangle choke at 3 minutes and 18 seconds in the second round.
Despite winning via submission, Royval was disappointed with his performance. In his post-fight interview, he said, “I want to make this my life.”
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 9” improved Royval’s professional MMA records to 11 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Elliott now has 15 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw.
“UFC on ESPN 9”
Brazil, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and the U.S. were represented at “UFC on ESPN 9,” which took place amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Royval and Elliott were two of the 27 fighters who represented the U.S.
In the co-main event of the evening, Augusto Sakai, 29, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil defeated Blagoy “Baga” Ivanov (Благой Иванов), 33, of Sofia, Bulgaria via split decision in the heavyweight division. In the main event, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, 33, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil defeated Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri in the welterweight division via unanimous decision.