Las Vegas, NV — Flyweight Rogerio Bontorin expects his UFC Vegas 46 fight with Brandon Royval to be heated.
Brazil’s Bontorin (17-3) makes the walk to the octagon for the sixth time on Saturday. After suffering the first two-fight losing streak of his career, he got back into the win column at UFC 262 last May.
It was a crucial win for him.
“I was very happy. Every win is important but that one specifically because I was coming from two losses was very important to me,” Bontorin told the media, including Cageside Press, during UFC Vegas 46 media day.
Bontorin fights the No. 5 ranked flyweight Brandon Royval on Saturday, and with a win, the Brazilian will be in the top five of the division. Bontorin likes the match-up with Royval and thinks the first person to make a mistake could be in trouble.
“Every opponent is difficult and has a difficult match, especially because I think if you don’t respect your opponent, things turn bad. I think he has his mistakes, and I also have some holes in my game, and whoever makes the first mistake is going down,” Bontorin said.
The match-up on paper looks like it will be very exciting and could easily nab a Fight of the Night bonus. The Brazilian agrees. “Yes, I think this fight will be a heated one.”
Watch the rest of the UFC Vegas 46 media day above. Rogerio Bontorin faces Brandon Royval this Saturday, January 15, 2022, at UFC Vegas 46. The event airs live on ESPN in the U.S. More coverage from Wednesday’s media day can be found below.