UFC flyweight contender, Brandon Royval has snapped his two-fight losing run, courtesy of a close split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29) victory over Rogerio Bontorin on the main card of UFC Vegas 46.

Improving to 13-6 as a professional, Royval snaps a period of two consecutive stoppages losses to first, current division titleholder, Brandon Moreno, and then a submission loss to Alexandre Pantoja.

Forced the distance for the first time in his Octagon tenure, the #5 ranked flyweight contender almost forced the issue in the third round, going close with an armbar attempt from the bottom, with Bontorin defending stoutly, albeit in some considerable danger.

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With the win, Royval now holds three under the promotion’s banner — following prior stoppages over Kai Kara-France, and one-time undisputed title chaser, Tim Elliott.

Below, catch the highlights from Brandon Royval’s close decision win over Rogerio Bontorin

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