Royval campaigned for main event spot at UFC Vegas 62



It may not have worked out in the end, but Brandon Royval did everything he could to try to headline UFC Vegas 62.

Royval was expected to face Askar Askarov on the event’s main card, and the battle between the top men’s flyweights was circled by many fans as a highlight of UFC Vegas 62 before its last-minute cancellation yesterday.

The event is headlined by a women’s flyweight bout between Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo with Royval teammate Jonathan Martinez facing Cub Swanson in the co-main event of the night. Speaking at UFC Vegas 62 media day, ‘Raw Dawg’ was jokingly asked how he felt about his teammate stealing the co-main event slot from him.

“Love it, love that he got the opportunity to be the co-main event,” Royval replied with a laugh. “Jonathan deserves it, he worked really hard. He worked really hard man, and it was really cool. I knew when the main event dropped, I immediately texted my manager and campaigned for me to try and get that main event spot.

“I was hoping for this 5-round place”

Grasso vs. Araujo is an important fight in that it can put the winner in line for a title shot, but the women’s flyweight bout was not the main event originally scheduled for UFC Vegas 62.

A middleweight contest between Sean Strickland and former title challenger Jared Cannonier was supposed to headline the event, but Strickland’s finger infection caused that match to be scrapped. Royval apparently saw this news via Twitter, and the 30-year-old immediately knew which fight should serve as the new main event.

Royval defeated Matt Schnell via first-round submission in May. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I was like, ‘Hey, 5 laps is fine for me. I have a very good cardio, I believe a lot in my cardio. And I was hoping for that 5-round spot. And I was like ‘Hey, I hear they’re not – that’s Twitter talking – but I hear they’re not booking the Strickland/Cannonier fight or replacing the fight. We are the highest ranked on this map… I think the main event location will be fine for us, if you can campaign for it, please do so.

Unfortunately, card placement would ultimately be the least of Royval’s worries, as the fight against Askarov would be canceled entirely due to Askarov having weight loss issues.

“Raw Dawg” is currently on a two-fight winning streak and is the No. 5 ranked flyweight contender in the UFC.

In the event of a rebooking, do you think Brandon Royval vs. Askar Askarov deserves to be in a main event slot?

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