Brandon Moreno vs Brandon Royval will be the final fight on the preliminary card for UFC 255 betting on Saturday, November 21 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While this matchup didn't end up cracking the main card it should be one of the best fights of the night with both flyweights on the fast track for a title shot. UFC odds have Moreno installed as the favorite at -200 while Royval comes back at +160.
We break down the UFC betting odds for the battle of the Brandons as we bring you our best picks and predictions for Moreno vs. Royval at UFC 255.
Moreno vs Royval Fight Odds
|Method of Victory||Brandon Moreno||Brandon Royval|
|Win by KO/TKO||+500||+1,000|
|Win by points||+130||+480|
|Win by submission||+750||+430|
Odds courtesy of FanDuel
Moreno vs Royval Betting Preview
You've got to feel for "The Assassin Baby" Brandon Moreno, who is the No. 1 contender in the flyweight division but was overlooked – not once, but twice – for the title fight this weekend. Moreno is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Jussie Formiga in March and is now 3-0-1 over his last four fights.
Despite being just 26 years old, Moreno has 23 MMA fights under his belt and three of his five career defeats came when he was a teenager. He's a well-rounded fighter that combines high-level grappling with crisp boxing.
Brandon "Raw Dog" Royval enters at No. 6 in the UFC flyweight rankings and is coming off a submission win over Kai Kara-France. Royval has won four fights in a row – including two in a row at the UFC level – and each of those victories has been by submission.
With eight submission wins in his career, the 28-year-old Royval is a very dangerous grappler. However, he also displayed impressive striking in his win over Kara-France with a 39-22 edge in significant strikes.
Moreno vs Royval Tale of the Tape
|Brandon Moreno||Brandon Royval|
|125 lbs||Weight||125 lbs|
|70 inches||Reach||68 inches|
|17-5-1 (2 KO)||Record||12-4-0 (3 KO)|
Moreno vs Royval UFC Prediction and Betting Pick
PREDICTION: Royval to win +160 - As much as I like Moreno and think he deserved a title shot, this isn't the greatest matchup for him. Royval has a very well-rounded skillset and is one of the bigger guys in the 125-pound weight class, so Moreno won't enjoy his usual size advantage.
While Royval's strike defense is a bit suspect, he has the edge in power and looked terrific in both of his UFC fights, submitting a veteran in Tim Elliot and outstriking a Muay Thai specialist in Kara-France.
This should be a terrific tilt and both fighters are closer than the odds suggest, which has me leaning towards the underdog at +160.
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