Jordan Leavitt vs. Matt Sayles Set For December 18 UFC Event

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 05: Jordan Leavitt reacts after his knockout victory over 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)

A pair of UFC lightweights will be looking to get back into the win column at the end of the year.

On Saturday, Matt Sayles announced on his Instagram that he will be fighting Jordan Leavitt on December 18 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event. Leavitt would confirm the booking on his own Instagram account shortly after.

After having an excellent 2020, Leavitt (8-1) suffered his first professional loss in his last outing. In June, he lost a unanimous decision to Claudio Puelles. Before his loss, he went 4-0 in 2020, in which he won a UFC contract on season four of Dana White’s Contender Series and then viciously knocked out and retired Matt Wiman.

By the time Sayles (8-3) enters the octagon in December, it will be more than two years since he last competed. In his last outing, he was submitted by Bryce Mitchell via the ultra-rare twister. Sayles will be moving up to lightweight after going 1-2 in the featherweight division.

No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been officially announced for the December 18 event, but UFC President Dana White said that all Fight Nights would be staying at the Apex in Las Vegas, NV.

The December 18 card only has two other fights scheduled thus far.

  • Amanda Lemos vs. Nina Ansaroff
  • Anthony Hernandez vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
  • Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian
  • Raphael Assunção vs. Ricky Simón
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov
  • Jordan Leavitt vs. Matt Sayles