Review by AllTheBestFights.com: 2023-04-15, pretty good finish but it is not enough to get three stars: the mma bout Matheus Nicolau vs Brandon Royval gets two (UFC Performance of the Night – take a look at our ranking of the Best Mma Fights of 2023).
Royval vs Nicolau is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 15th, at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City (Missouri, United States), in a 3-round flyweight (125 lbs, 57 kg) bout; it is on the undercard of Max Holloway vs Arnold Allen – UFC on ESPN 44. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Matheus Nicolau record
The black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Matheus Nicolau Pereira entered this fight with a record of 19-2-1 (53% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.5 flyweight in the world.
He lost to Dustin Ortiz in 2018 (Dustin Ortiz vs Matheus Nicolau Pereira) but since then he has won six matches defeating Tim Elliott (Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs Tim Elliott), David Dvorak and Matt Schnell in his last three (Matheus Nicolau vs Matt Schnell).
Brandon Royval record
His opponent, the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Brandon Royval, has a mma record of 14-6-0 (86% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.10 in the flyweight division.
He lost two consecutive bouts between 2020 and 2021, against Brandon Moreno (Brandon Moreno vs Brandon Royval) and Alexandre Pantoja (Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Royval), but then he has defeated Rogerio Bontorin (Brandon Royval vs Rogerio Bontorin) and Matt Schnell (Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell).
Here is the UFC on ESPN 44 full fight card (we are going to update it after the weigh-in):
MAIN CARD (live on ESPN+)
Max Holloway vs Arnold Allen
Billy Quarantillo vs Edson Barboza
Dustin Jacoby vs Azamat Murzakanov
Tanner Boser vs Ion Cutelaba
Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez
Clay Guida vs Rafa Garcia
PRELIMINARY CARD (live on ESPN+)
Bill Algeo vs TJ Brown
Matheus Nicolau vs Brandon Royval
Zak Cummings vs Ed Herman
Gillian Robertson vs Piera Rodriguez
Lando Vannata vs Daniel Zellhuber
Bruna Brasil vs Denise Gomes
Gaston Bolanos vs Aaron Phillips
Lucie Pudilova vs Joselyne Edwards
Full fight video / highlights
Here we are going to post a selection of the best videos about the bout Matheus Nicolau vs Brandon Royval as soon as the match ends. If you have seen the full fight you can rate it at the bottom of this post. (All videos are hosted on free video platforms such as Youtube, Dailymotion, Facebook, etc. and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights.com)
Who won Nicolau vs Royval fight?
Brandon Royval defeated Matheus Nicolau via KO at 2:09, round 1.
Listen the words of the winner or the two fighters after their bout, here is the UFC on ESPN 44 post-fight octagon interview of Matheus Nicolau and Brandon Royval.