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Who is ‘Raw Dawg’ Royval?

Brandon ‘Raw Dawg’ Royval may be the biggest UFC fan to compete at the professional level.

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In a recent interview with MMA Power Hour, Brandon ‘Raw Dawg’ Royval (10-4-0) revealed some details about his passion for the fight game. Having an older brother who beats you up may be the best preparation an aspiring fighter can receive. At a young age, Royval and his brother fell in love with the sport of MMA. Born just one year ahead of the first UFC event in Denver, Royval represents a new breed of fighters who are disciplined in various martial arts.

Rather than focusing on a singular skillset like wrestling or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Royval has trained as an MMA fighter since day one. Walking into the gym at age sixteen means this spectacular fighter has been training for more than a decade. Factory X Muay Thai is home to many fighters but few are as well equipped at flyweight as ‘Raw Dawg’ Royval.

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Measuring in at 5ft 7in and weighing 125-pounds, you likely wouldn’t assume Royval is a trained fighter at first glance. Don’t let looks deceive you, however, Royval is more than a fighter – he is a true warrior. His fourth loss over a year ago demonstrated the grit which Royval fights with. Utilizing his uncanny BJJ skills and some impressive striking, Royval was able to go five rounds in an effort to become the LFA flyweight champion.

The decision victory ultimately went to his opponent Casey Kenney. Almost one year to the date Royval would prove he is a champion when he made quick work of forty-plus fight veteran Nate Williams, dispatching him with the quickest LFA submission in the promotion’s history – a twenty-three armbar.

With more than half of his victories coming via submission, it would be easy to think that Royval has full intentions of submitting his very first UFC opponent Tim Elliott (15-10-1). However, when asked about his upcoming fight, Royval had this to say:

“I think my major advantage is on the feet. I think he and I are different calibres of strikers. He has his own style and it has its advantages in certain places. At the same time, I know how to throw straight punches and use technique the right way. So I think on the feet I have a big advantage on him.”

Royval seems confident that the majority of his skillsets are superior to that of Tim Elliott. The #11 ranked UFC fighter may have one advantage according to Royval:

“On the ground he is a savage. He is a great scrambler. He does a lot of good things with his wrestling definitely better than I do but I’m not afraid to get on the ground with this guy. I have a lot of respect for Tim Elliott and I’m not trying to bash him in any way but I think I have a big advantage over him.”

It seems MMA fans will be in for a treat when these two fighters clash. Royval and Elliott are both exciting martial artists to watch inside the Octagon. The skills of both fighters will be tested Saturday night. Elliott is currently on a two-fight losing streak, while Royval is on a two-fight win streak – looking to shake up the flyweight division with his entrance into the UFC. A victory should easily propel Royval into the top-fifteen ranking amongst all the flyweights in the world.

Having only four losses all coming by way of decision, Royval assured MMA Power Hour this one is not going to the judges and he has his sights set on a $50,000 bonus. Tim Elliott is a big name for his UFC debut and Royval believes that this is the perfect fight for him. All will be revealed come May 30th at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns. Make sure you tune into the preliminary fights on ESPN+ to catch the exciting promotional debut of Brandon ‘Raw Dawg’ Royval.

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