“The Monkey King” returns after his memorable end-of-the-year knockout.
First reported by C. Contreras Legaspi of Combate, Jordan Leavitt will fight Peru’s Claudio Puelles at a UFC event on June 5. Legaspi also reported that Puelles has signed a new four-fight contract with the promotion, something the Peruvian mixed martial artist confirmed on social media.
Leavitt (8-0) had an excellent 2020 even before winning a Dana White’s Contender Series contract. He kicked off his year with a unanimous decision win over Izzy William in February. He then made his LFA debut in July and defeated Leivon Lewis via anaconda choke. Leavitt would get the call to fight on the first week of season four of Dana White’s Contender Series. He would take the fight on less than three weeks notice and cash in by defeating Luke Flores via submission. “The Monkey King” would cap off his year by making his UFC debut in devastating fashion by knocking out Matt Wiman with a slam, handing him his walking papers in the process.
Puelles (9-2) is on a two-fight win streak and has not fought since UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens in 2019 when he defeated Marcos Mariano via unanimous decision. The Peruvian fighter will look to continue his streak and put an end to Levitt’s undefeated record.
With the addition, the UFC’s June 5, 2021 fight card currently looks like this:
- Maryna Moroz vs. Manon Fiorot
- Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura
- Youssef Zalal vs. Sean Woodson
- Ilir Latifi vs. Tanner Boser
- Alan Patrick vs. Mason Jones
- Montana De La Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski
- Dusko Todorovic vs. Maki Pitolo
- Jordan Leavitt vs. Claudio Puelles