Jordan Leavitt

The Monkey King

USA

Slated to fight in December
LightweightUFC
September 19, 2021
Leavitt will face Matt Sayles at a UFC event scheduled for Dec. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt will get a chance to bounce back to close out the year after he lost to Claudio Puelles via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 28 in June. Sayles will return to the Octagon for the first time since December of 2019, when he lost to Bryce Mitchell via submission (Twister). Leavitt has advantages in both height and reach.
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Outlasted by Claudio Puelles
LightweightUFC
June 6, 2021
Leavitt lost to Claudio Puelles via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt came out and won the striking battle in Round 1, in addition to securing two takedowns and a reversal that appeared to be enough to win him the frame. Things seemed to fall apart after that for the (-210) favorite, as he surrendered 3:41 and 4:37 of control time to Puelles in Rounds 2 and 3, respectively. While Leavitt had a 170 to 71 edge in total strikes landed, his lead in strikes deemed "significant" was only 21 to 20. HIs inability to get out of poor positions on the mat ultimately cost him the fight.
Next fight booked
LightweightUFC
April 1, 2021
Leavitt will face Claudio Puelles on the UFC's June 5 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt impressed with a Performance of the Night bonus in his UFC debut versus Matt Wilman, slamming him to the mat just 22 seconds in to earn the KO. He'll put his perfect 8-0-0 mark as a professional on the line against Puelles, who is coming off of back-to-back wins following a loss to Martin Bravo. Leavitt will cede two inches of height and one inch of reach to his opponent, and the two could spend plenty of time on the mat.
Huge slam KO in UFC debut
LightweightUFC
December 5, 2020
Leavitt defeated Matt Wiman via KO (slam) at 0:22 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Absolutely terrifying. Leavitt sprinted across the cage when the opening bell rang, picked Wiman up, literally walked him back across the cage, and slammed him on his head, knocking him out cold. It was one of the most brutal and effective knockouts in recent memory and one that will surely earn Leavitt a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus (later confirmed). The level of competition he was facing must be taken into account, but there are very few men on the UFC roster who are capable of pulling off what we saw from Leavitt on Saturday. He is quickly establishing himself as one of the top prospects in the sport.
Draws Wiman in December
LightweightUFC
November 18, 2020
Leavitt will take on Matt Wiman in a lightweight matchup scheduled for Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt has just seven pro fights on his resume and will be making his official debut after winning a contract via Dana White's Contender Series. It's a bit puzzling to see him matched up against a veteran of 17 UFC fights, but it plays to his style well. Leavitt likes a grappling-heavy approach, and Wiman has just a 56 percent takedown defense. In fact, Wiman was taken down four times by Joe Solecki back in Decmber in what was just his second fight in a five-year span. Leavitt will give up an inch in height here, but will sport a three-inch reach advantage.
Gets contract after first-round sub
LightweightUFC
August 4, 2020
Leavitt defeated Jose Flores via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:15 of Round 1 at Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday in Las Vegas. After the show, he was one of three fighters awarded a UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt came into this fight a slight betting favorite and true to his style, looked to take this fight to the ground of the gates. He appeared calm and collected while controlling the fight from top position, and while Flores had opportunities to escape, he never made it happen. In the final minute of the first round, Leavitt locked in the submission and secured the tap. His grappling ability will give him a path to victory each time he enters the UFC Octagon.