May 06, 2022 12:55 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell at UFC 274

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When is UFC 274? Sunday 8th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 274? Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 274? Click here to buy tickets for UFC 274

What channel is UFC 274 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 274? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


One of the most exciting flyweights on the roster Brandon Royval (13-6) returns for his second fight of the year. It was an important bout coming off two losses and against the dangerous Rogerio Bontorin. He got TKO’d by Brandon Moreno (2020) after getting his shoulder dislocated and then went on to get submitted by Alexandre Pantoja (2021). However, he bounced back with a split decision win over Bontorin to prove he is still a threat to the top tier.

The UFC have finally given up on Matt Schnell (15-5(1)) vs Alex Perez after that fight fell through four times. Bontorin actually filled in the first time Perez dropped out and won a unanimous decision although it was overturned to a ‘no contest’ after popping for a banned diuretic. Schnell is now 5-2(1) in the flyweight division and desperate to improve that record.


This could easily be a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender if Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson were not on the card. They both extremely aggressive, especially on the ground with their jiu-jitsu.

They are both rapid throwing a lot of volume and happy for the fight to fall to the ground and cause chaos in a scramble. Schnell may be more likely to initiate the grappling especially if he starts to get tagged on the feet.

So, this is a fight Royval will relish – confident he can win the striking exchanges while expecting Schnell to shoot in and open-up opportunities for wild scrambles and submissions.

We are backing Royval who can win this in a variety of ways, but so can Schnell so this may be one to stay clear of from a betting point of view.

Prediction: Royval via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Schnell to win

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