UFC 296 is set to take place on Saturday, December 16, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval will co-main a five-bout main card. The other co-main is a welterweight title bout between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.
Pantoja (26-5) will defend his title for the first time since defeating Brandon Moreno in July via split decision. He is 4-1 in his last five bouts. He was fortunate to win a title in his first opportunity, so winning in defense will be challenging. He started his UFC career in 2017 and started to shoot up the ranks at a moderate pace.
Royval (15-6) will have the first title opportunity of his career of his UFC career this weekend. He is 4-2 in his UFC career but has won three in a row. Saturday will mark the second time these two have been in the octagon together, with Pantoja having won the first matchup via second-round submission. Winning this time around would be a lot more sweet for Royval since it is for the title.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Pantoja vs. Royval at UFC 296 on December 16th.
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