Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin Set For January 15 UFC Event

Brandon Royval UFC 253 weigh-in
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Royval poses on the scale during the UFC 253 weigh-in on September 25, 2020 at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A pair of top UFC 10 flyweights will collide in January.

MMA Fighting was the first to report the news that No. 5 ranked flyweight Brandon Royval will fight No. 7 ranked Rogerio Bontorin on January 15 at a yet-to-be-announced event. Both fighters would confirm the booking on social media.

After starting his UFC career on absolute fire, Royval (12-6) has dropped two straight for the first time in his career. “Raw Dawg” lost to the current flyweight champion Brandon Moreno last December and most recently lost to Alexandre Pantoja in a title eliminator. However, Royval has already made himself a fan favorite with his wild style and two crazy fights with Tim Elliott and Kai Kara-France.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Bontorin (17-3) snapped his two-fight losing streak in which he lost to Kara-France and Ray Borg. In May, he defeated Matt Schnell via unanimous decision. The bout was a bantamweight due to the scheduling of it. The Brazilian missed weight by a pound.

No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been officially announced for the January 15 UFC event.

The January 15 card currently breaks down as follows:

  • Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin
  • Kay Hansen vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
  • Bill Algeo vs. Joanderson Brito
  • Zarrukh Adashev vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov