Matt Sayles


Off May 16 card after location swap
April 29, 2020
Sayles will no longer face Jared Gordon on the May 16 card following the move from San Diego to Jacksonville, Nolan Kings of reports.
Sayles' booking against Gordon came before the COVID-19 concerns resulted in an indefinite suspension of operations. With much of the world still dealing with the situation, Sayles was expected to cede his spot on the card to Sean Woodson, but it wound up falling through during final negotiations.
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Taking on Jared Gordon in San Diego
March 16, 2020
Sayles is scheduled to take on Jared Gordon (orbital) in a featherweight fight May 16 at UFC San Diego, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Sayles (8-3-0) has won in just one of his first three fights with the promotion since being awarded a UFC contract in June 2018 through Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He most recently fought in December, losing via submission in the first round to Bryce Mitchell. Gordon (15-4-0) also returns to the Octagon on a downturn, having lost three of his past four fights.
Loses after missing weight
December 7, 2019
Sayles lost to Bryce Mitchell via submission (Twister) at 4:20 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Washington D.C.
It was a rough 36 hours at the office for Sayles. After missing weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning, he was forced to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Mitchell in order for the fight to go on. If that wasn't bad enough, Sayles ended up tapping out in just over four minutes. On top of that, Sayles actually ended this fight as a -130 favorite. Sayles is young enough (26 years old in February) to straighten things out, but this was a clear setback. He has now alternated wins and losses in his first three official UFC bouts.
Fails to make weight
December 6, 2019
Sayles weighed in at 148.5 pounds Friday morning at the weigh-ins for UFC on ESPN 7, which was 2.5 pounds over the maximum 146-pound weight, reports.
As a result of Sayles' not being able to make weight, his fight with Bryce Mitchell will proceed at a catchweight and Sayles will have to forfeit 20 percent of his purse as a result. Mitchell has yet to lose as a professional and Sayles hopes he can give the 20-year-old his first tally in the loss column Saturday night.
Draws Mitchell for UFC DC
August 28, 2019
Sayles will fight Bryce Mitchell on Dec. 7 at UFC DC, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Sayles is 3-2 across his past five bouts. Most recently, he used a Arm-Triangle Choke to defeat Kyle Nelson at UFC Fight Night 151. Mitchell is 11-0, and his most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Bobby Moffett at UFC Fight Night 148.
Earns first UFC win in Ottawa
May 4, 2019
Sayles defeated Kyle Nelson via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:16 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
What a weird fight. Sayles smashed an over matched Nelson in Round 1 but was unable to get the finish. His output (and production) dropped considerably in the second frame, but his takedown defense held up all fight long and he was able to clamp on the arm-triangle late in Round 3. Sayles looked good pretty good in his UFC debut (unanimous decision loss) to Sheymon Moraes back in August 2018 and now he has a victory under his belt. Sayles has more talent than your average featherweight. The 25-year-old is worth keeping an eye on moving forward.