UFC 274’s Brandon Royval on Moreno/Figueiredo 4: “Neither are the Best”

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Brandon Royval and Kai Kara-France, UFC 253ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Brandon Royval kicks Kai Kara France of New Zealand successful their flyweight bout during UFC 253 wrong Flash Forum connected UFC Fight Island connected September 27, 2020 successful Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

In aboriginal 2020, Brandon Royval took the UFC’s flyweight part by storm. He started by submitting erstwhile rubric challenger Tim Elliot, picking up combat of the nighttime honors successful the process. Then the Factory X merchandise doubled down with different combat of the nighttime submission triumph implicit (perhaps aboriginal rubric challenger) Kai Kara-France. Those wins had his sanction of the extremity of people’s lingua for a imaginable rubric changeable successful the adjacent future. However, a mates acceptable backs, mostly owed to a reoccurring enarthrosis contented that has present been resolved, delayed what Royval believes to beryllium the inevitable.

Now backmost connected his winning ways, helium looks to bring himself backmost into that conversation. Although a triumph implicit Matt Schnell astatine UFC 274 would surely assistance the claim, Royval isn’t definite it’ll beryllium capable to person his sanction successful a rubric combat yet. But, if it were up to him, helium knows different sanction he’d similar to spot retired of the adjacent rubric combat too.

“I don’t think, if I bushed Matt Schnell, I’m getting the rubric changeable next,” Royval said. “But I besides don’t privation to spot [Moreno and Figueiredo] combat 4 times. The part has been held up for 2 years.”

Some of Royval’s distaste for a 4 combat betwixt the 2 comes from conscionable not giving anyone a chance. However, determination are different reasons arsenic well.

“Neither 1 of those guys are the champion successful the division,” helium said. “We’re conscionable wasting our clip with it and honestly, I deliberation Deiveson is 2-1 connected Moreno.”

In summation to believing that Figueiredo already holds the bulk of wins (due to the somewhat arguable gully successful the archetypal fight), helium besides hasn’t been each that entertained by the fights either.

“The 3rd combat was benignant of boring. The 4th and 5th rounds sucked. They ne'er truly pressed the enactment until the past minute,” Royval shared. “I deliberation everybody is implicit the combat – adjacent those two.”

With everyone implicit that fight, helium says it’s clip for a caller look successful determination – which whitethorn conscionable beryllium his erstwhile foe Kai Kara-France.

“Let’s determination onto immoderate caller faces and spot who’s the existent king of the division,” helium said. “Because I don’t deliberation either 1 of them are.”

You tin drawback Royval’s combat with Matt Schnell arsenic portion of the UFC 274 prelims connected ESPN+ this Saturday.

You tin besides perceive the full audio of this interrogation beneath astatine 2:01.

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