UFC 255: Moreno vs Royval Picks and Predictions

Nov 19, 2020 |
UFC 255: Moreno vs Royval Picks and Predictions
Brandon Royval is the +160 underdog against Brandon Moreno for their prelim fight at UFC 255, but this should be a much closer fight than the odds would suggest.
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Brandon Royval is the +160 underdog against Brandon Moreno for their prelim fight at UFC 255, but this should be a much closer fight than the odds would suggest.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

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 outright -200 +160
Win by KO/TKO +500 +1,000
Win by points +130 +480
Win by submission +750 +430
Draw +5,000 +5,000

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
26 Age 28
5-foot-7 Height 5-foot-9
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.

 

Where Can I Bet on UFC 255 Odds?

Most online sportsbooks and casinos offer bets on UFC odds and props. While odds to win usually come out as soon as a fight is announced, prop bets become more readily available closer to an event. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live and see what UFC bets they have available. 

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