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Highlights! Brandon Royval pulls off huge knee KO over Matheus Nicolau | UFC Kansas City

UFC Fight Night: Royval v Nicolau Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Brandon Royval may have locked down the next UFC flyweight title shot earlier tonight (Sat., April 15, 2023) at UFC Kansas City live on ESPN and ESPN+ from inside T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, when “Raw Dawg” stopped surging contender Matheus Nicolau with a nasty first-round knockout (knee and elbows).

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HIGH STAKES FLYWEIGHT MATCHUP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns home to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., June 3, 2023, with No. 3-seeded contender, Kai Kara-France, face rising No. 7-ranked Amir Albazi. In UFC Vegas 74’s ESPN+-streamed co-main event, an exciting Featherweight bout sees No. 15-ranked contender, Alex Caceres, lock horns with all-action Daniel Pineda.

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Royval usually fights like a flying banshee on fire, but the talented flyweight stayed calmer than usual in this potential No. 1 contender’s bout. It allowed Royval to avoid unnecessary punishment and produce a window of opportunity to launch a perfect right knee inside. it connected under Nicolau’s chin and the Brazilian fighter fell to the canvas in a heap. Royval followed up with punches and elbows to earn the early stoppage.

Check out the final moments below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

Royval, 30, has now won his last three trips to the Octagon and just took out one of the best contenders in the division with relative ease. It’s unknown at this time if this win will net “Raw Dawg” his first UFC title shot, but considering he’s willing to be the backup for the upcoming Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja title fight at UFC 290 he may get his wish. It should be noted that Royval already holds losses against both Moreno and Pantoja.

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