One to Watch at UFC Vegas 28: Jordan Leavitt

Jordan Leavitt (8-0) has spent more time celebrating than fighting in the octagon, two round one finishes including a $50,000 bonus for his slam KO in his UFC debut. “The Monkey King” scored his contract on The Contender Series by submitting his opponent in round one. He then secured victory four months later against UFC veteran Matt Wiman (16-10) with his :22 second slam while absorbing zero total strikes. He’s set to return to the exact same octagon for the third time in a row on Saturday, 6/5, at UFC Vegas 28.

The 25-year-old was born in 1995 in Las Vegas, where he still lives and trains today. Jordan found MMA through wrestling. He competed in high school and took home third place in the State competition. Leavitt went on to pursue higher education at The University of Nevada at Reno, where he earned a degree in political science. During college, Jordan saw a season of UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter and was immediately hooked on taking his MMA chance. He still says he has law school aspirations, but only if he “sells out” and MMA doesn’t pan out (safe to say no more school).

Training out of Syndicate MMA in Sin City, Jordan has done nothing but win in the cage since he started his career. Dating back to amateur fights, Leavitt is on a 12-fight streak with 8 of those wins in the pro ranks. He hasn’t faced an opponent with a losing record, a rarity for fighters who honed their skills on the regional MMA scene.

The self-proclaimed “nerd” has read 79 books over since 2020 started. 70 of those were finished last year and Leavitt says he’s “slacking” this year. Tough to blame him, his wife had a baby in February and has been itching to fight since March. Jordan steps back into the cage to face Peruvian prospect Claudio Puelles (9-2) at UFC Vegas 28 and the prelims start at 4 PM ET.

Jordan “The Monkey King” Leavitt | 8-0 | 5’9 155 lbs. | Age 25 | Reach 71” | Southpaw Stance | Fighting Out of Las Vegas, Nevada

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