Making his UFC debut, Brandon Royval fought Tim Elliott. Here’s how the flyweight’s debut went.
Bout 3: Tim Elliott (15-10-1) vs. Brandon Royval (10-4) (Flyweight)
Elliott was quick to get a takedown in the opening seconds of the fight. Elliott was on the back of Royval, landing punches to his head while in side control. They got back up after a minute or so, with Elliott searching for another takedown immediately. Elliott got another takedown, with Royval trying for a kimura before they stood up again. Elliott got a trip takedown after putting Royval against the fence. They stood up quickly, with Elliott still on Royval. Backing up, Royval landed a spinning back fist while Elliott tried for a takedown. They traded strikes before Elliott got another takedown with a minute and a half to go. They went down again, with Elliott grabbing ahold of an arm. Royval was able to put Elliott in bottom position, getting up after. In the final seconds of the fight, a takedown attempt from Elliott was reversed by Royval. Royval was working for an armbar as the round ended.
Royval stuffed a takedown in the first minute of the second round, getting full guard on top after. He flipped onto his back, trying for a guillotine choke on Elliott. They got up with three minutes left in the fight, with both fighters swinging for the fence with punches. Elliott got a takedown, getting on the back of Royval. Still in the first half of the fight, fatigue was playing quite a factor. He moved positions, putting Royval in a guillotine choke. As it wasn’t fully secure, Royval eventually popped out of the choke and got his own choke In side control, Royval put in an arm triangle choke that made Elliott tap out.
RESULT: Brandon Royval def. Tim Elliott via Submission, Arm Triangle (RD 2, 3:18)
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