Jordan Leavitt

The Monkey King

USA

Gets benefit of judges' decision
LightweightUFC
April 16, 2022
Leavitt defeated Trey Ogden via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This one was close enough that it's too difficult to get worked up about the decision one way or another. Poll ten people who watched the bout and it's likely five would have given it to each fighter. The only three people whose opinions mattered, all three judges, each gave Odgen the opening frame and Leavitt Round 2. They were split on their opinion in the final round. The numbers on the feet were eerily similar, but Leavitt appeared to land the more impactful strikes. He also managed to rack up 2:57 worth of control time in Round 3 despite the fact Ogden connected on the only successful takedown of the round. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Leavitt has quietly posted a 3-1 record since making his official company debut back in December 2020.
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New opponent April 16
LightweightUFC
March 29, 2022
Leavitt will now take on the debuting lightweight Trey Ogden at the UFC event scheduled for April 16, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt has started off his UFC run with a 2-1 run and was scheduled to face a fellow Contender Series product in Victor Martinez, but that matchup was scrapped with Martinez pulling out due to undisclosed reasons. In steps Ogden for his UFC debut, a 32-year-old American who last competed under the banner of Fury FC. Ogden does have a trio of submission losses on a 15-4-0 record, though he's currently riding a three-fight winning streak -- all via submission.
Lined up for fight in April
LightweightUFC
February 18, 2022
Leavitt will take on Victor Martinez in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 16, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt was cleared to fight in April following his ankle injury from his victory over Matt Sayles via submission (triangle choke) in December. The 26-year-old will return to the octagon and look to build upon his 2-1 UFC record. His opponent Victor Martinez will be making his UFC debut, starting his MMA career with a 13-4 record.
Facing medical suspension
LightweightUFC
December 21, 2021
Leavitt was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday due to an ankle injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Leavitt submitted Matt Sayles on Saturday but may have broken his right ankle in the process. If his X-ray is positive, he'll be unable to fight before June 17 unless cleared by a doctor.
Submission win in Vegas opener
LightweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Leavitt defeated Matt Sayles via submission (triangle choke) at 2:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a stellar bounce-back effort from Leavitt on the heels of his unanimous decision defeat to Claudio Puelles this past June, the first of his professional career. Leavitt -- who is one of the more durable fighters on the entire UFC roster -- leaned on his grappling game throughout the fight. In a bout that barely lasted seven minutes, Leavitt attempted six takedowns, three different submission attempts and racked up 2:48 worth of control. It was a deep triangle choke midway through Round 2 which ultimately closed the show. Leavitt is just 26 years of age and has all of ten professional fights under his belt, so it's reasonable to expect improvement from him as 2022 quickly approaches.
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.