UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs Royval 2 - Odds, Predictions & Picks

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Published February 24, 2024
6 min read
  • Former FW champion Moreno rematches top-5 contender Royval for title shot

  • Top-5 FW and former title challengers Rodriguez and Ortega meer in co-main

  • Rising prospect Raul Rosas Jr. returns to action versus Ricky Turcios

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Brandon Moreno-290
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Brandon Royval+235
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Yair Rodriguez-155
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Brian Ortega+130
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Daniel Zellhuber-270
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Francisco Prado+220
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Raul Rosas Jr.-225
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Ricky Turcios+185
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Yazmin Jauregui-520
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Sam Hughes+390
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Manuel Torres-185
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Chris Duncan+154
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UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2 - Picks & Predictions

Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval - Flyweight division

  • Our pick: Brandon Moreno (-290) at DraftKings

Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega - Featherweight division

  • Our pick: Yair Rodriguez (-155) at DraftKings

Daniel Zellhuber vs. Francisco Prado - Lightweight division

  • Our pick: Daniel Zellhuber (-270) at DraftKings

Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Ricky Turcios - Bantamweight division

  • Our pick: Raul Rosas Jr. (-225) at DraftKings

Yazmin Jauregui vs. Sam Hughes - Women’s strawweight division

  • Our pick: Yazmin Jauregui (-520) at DraftKings

Manuel Torres vs. Chris Duncan - Lightweight division

  • Our pick: Chris Duncan (+154) at DraftKings

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Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval - Flyweight division

Brandon MorenoTALE OF THE TAPEBrandon Royval
30Age31
5 ft 7 inHeight5 ft 9 in
70 inReach68 in
21-7-2Record15-7

These two men fought each other once before in 2020, which Brandon Moreno won via TKO - a win that led to his first title fight against Deiveson Figueiredo.

After a draw with Figueiredo, Moreno eventually won the flyweight title, lost it back to Figueiredo, won it back from Figueiredo, and defended it against Kair Kara-France before ultimately losing the title once again, this time to the current champion Alexandre Pantoja. He remains the number-one ranked flyweight contender in the UFC.

Since losing to Moreno in 2020, Brandon Royval has gone 3-2, with both of those losses (including his most recent loss) coming at the hands of Alexandre Pantoja. A win over Moreno this weekend could give Royval one more shot to avenge his losses against Pantoja.

Seen as a likely title eliminator fight, Royval will stand two inches taller but the former champion Moreno will have a two-inch advantage in reach.

Moreno’s championship experience (six title fights) led to him being listed as a -290 favorite to defeat Royval in this weekend’s main event.

To find out how to place your bets for this flyweight rematch main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega - Featherweight division

Yair RodriguezTALE OF THE TAPEBrian Ortega
31Age33
5 ft 11 inHeight5 ft 8 in
71 inReach69 in
19-4, 1 no-contestRecord15-3, 1 no-contest

In a co-main event worthy of a pay-per-view card, former interim featherweight champion Yair Rodriguez will take on former two-time title challenger Brian Ortega.

Mexico’s Rodriguez had won two in a row, including his interim title win over Josh Emmett, before losing via TKO against Alexander Volkanovs.ki in their undisputed title fight at UFC 290 last July.

Born in California, Brian Ortega is another fighter on this card with a Mexican heritage. He has lost his last two fights in a row and hasn’t fought since these two last met in 2022, where Rodriguez defeated Ortega via TKO due to a shoulder injury. He has been out of action, recovering from an injury.

The former interim champion, who has a win over Ortega already, is listed as a -155 favorite.

Daniel Zellhuber vs. Francisco Prado - Lightweight division

Daniel ZellhuberTALE OF THE TAPEFrancisco Prado
24Age21
6 ft 1 inHeight5 ft 11 in
77 inReach69 in
14-1Record12-1

One of the more interesting prospects on this main card is 14-1 Daniel Zellhuber, born in Mexico, will be competing in his fourth UFC bout. Since losing his debut in 2022, Zellhuber has gone on to defeat Lando Vannata and, most recently, Christos Giagos last September.

He takes on another prospect with just one loss: Argentina’s Francisco Prado. 

The younger Prado also lost his UFC debut but bounced back with his July 2023 win over Ottman Azaitar via first-round TKO.

Zellhuber stands only two-inches taller but will have a significant eight-inch reach advantage, leading to him being listed as a -270 favorite.

Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Ricky Turcios - Bantamweight division

Raul Rosas Jr.TALE OF THE TAPERicky Turcios
19Age30
5 ft 9 inHeight5 ft 9 in
67 inReach71 in
8-1Record12-3

The youngest fighter on the UFC roster, Raul Rosas Jr., takes on Ricky Turcios.

Despite already having been beaten once before, Rosas will be facing his toughest test to date as the more experienced Turcios is a former TUF tournament bantamweight winner.

Rosas did bounce back from his first loss recently by defeating Terrence Mitchell last September.

Turcios, who will enjoy a four-inch reach advantage, is also coming off a win, having defeated Kevin Natividad by split-decision. However, that fight took place back in 2022 and Turcios has been out of action ever since.

This inactivity is likely the main reason for Turcios being listed as the +185 underdog.

Yazmin Jauregui vs. Sam Hughes - Women’s strawweight division

Yazmin JaureguiTALE OF THE TAPESam Hughes
24Age31
5 ft 3 inHeight5 ft 5 in
64 inReach64 in
10-1Record8-5

Coming off the first loss of her professional career, Yazmin Jauregui looks to get back into the win column this weekend when she takes on Sam Hughes.

Jauregui is the shorter fighter but these two women will have an equal reach. 

Hughes is 3-1 in her last four fights and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jaqueline Amorim that took place at UFC 287 last April.

Born in Tijuana, Yazmin Jauregui is the biggest betting favorite on the main card, as she is listed as a -520 favorite to win.

Manuel Torres vs. Chris Duncan - Lightweight division

Manuel TorresTALE OF THE TAPEChris Duncan
28Age30
5 ft 10 inHeight5 ft 10 in
73 inReach71.5 in
14-2Record11-1

Kicking off the Mexico card is an up and coming prospect with only two losses on his record: Manuel Torres. He takes on another rising prospect with one professional loss: Scotland’s Chris Duncan.

The hometown Torres is 2-0 in the UFC and is riding an overall five-fight winning streak. He will have a 1.5-inch reach advantage in this fight.

Duncan is also 2-0 in the UFC and is riding a four-fight winning streak into this Saturday’s Fight Night card.

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2

  • Location: Arena CDMX, Mexico City, Mexico

  • When: Saturday, February 24

  • Time: 10PM EST

  • How: ESPN, ESPN+, Sportsnet

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