UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus- Jordan Leavitt vs Matt Sayles: Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/18/2021, 1:21 PM EST


UFC Vegas 45 is set to be a great card, with many fun fights planned for the event. Opening the card on the prelims is a fascinating match in the lightweight division, with Jordan Leavitt taking on Matt Sayles. The two prospects found their way to the UFC via Dana White’s Tuesday night contender series platform.

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Bursting onto the scene, the ‘Monkey King’ captivated the audiences with his unique persona and fight style. A truly unique individual, Leavitt, defeated his opponent, Luke Flores, in the first round via submission. For his first fight in the UFC Leavitt, faced a veteran in Matt Wiman. Leavitt made a lot of noise in the UFC after he defeated his opponent again in the first round.

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Leavitt, now 2-0 in the UFC, would go on to face Claudio Puelles for his third fight. Unfortunately, this is where his winning streak would come to and an end as Leavitt lost the bot via unanimous decision.

Sayles too made his presence in the UFC felt, after a massive win on the contender series. Sayles went up against a very unorthodox striker in Yazan Hajeh for his first fight. Undeterred by Hajeh’s kicks, Sayles powered through, landing straight right late in round one to end the fight.

However, that would be the peak of his career so far in the UFC, since he would go lose his next 2 out of 3 fights. Encountering Sheymon Moraes n his debut ended up being detrimental to Sayles, as he would lose a decision to him. Bouncing back, Sayles beat Kyle Nelson via submission in the third round of his second fight in the UFC, only to meet Bruce Mitchell in the third fight. Mitchel submitted Sayles in iconic fashion via twister.

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Jordan Leavitt vs Matt Sayles: analysis and prediction.

Both fighters are coming off a loss in their last performances in the UFC. which means both these individuals are desperate to get a win. This fight, however, is a classic MMA clash of styles between a striker and grappler.

Leavitt is a highly creative fighter with a grappling heavy style. He will look to take down Sayles early in the fight, to land ground and pound and maybe finish the fight via submission.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (R-L) Jordan Leavitt slams Matt Wiman in a lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Sayles is a very sharp striker with excellent kickboxing skills. He throws his shots straight down the barrel and lands with a lot of power. Sayles is a very calm and composed fighter and is very rarely overwhelmed.

However, he has been taken down in the past and his takedown defense isn’t foolproof. If Leavitt can avoid a long-drawn-out battle on the feet, chances are he can take Sayles down and finish the fight.

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Prediction: Jordan Leavitt wins via submission in the second round.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.

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