Las Vegas, NV – UFC lightweight Jordan Leavitt returned to the win column when he defeated Victor Martinez at UFC Vegas 70 on Saturday night.
“I feel…like a million bucks. I’m so happy. I’m in a great mood. I look good, I feel good, I performed good,” Leavitt told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum.
“Got hit a little bit more than I should have, but I got two paychecks, and my last fight isn’t me getting tea bagged in front of a bunch of drunk degenerates. So I’m pretty good. Pretty damn good.”
Leavitt (11-2) was coming off the loss to Paddy Pimblett in July of 2022 where he was submitted and part of Pimblett’s post-fight Call of Duty style celebration.
Helps that every fighter who got a finish at UFC Vegas 70 earned a 50K bonus from the promotion.
Leavitt strolled into his post-fight scrum wearing a red vintage suit and platform shoes.
“This is my granddad’s outfit. He passed away a few years ago, and he was always like one of my bigger supporters. So when I fought Paddy I promised I’m going to beat Paddy. I’m going to dress in his suit, and that didn’t happen,” Leavitt said.
“So I thought you know on the rebound this would be a good suit to wear. So I’m thinking about him.”
Leavitt finished the fight by employing the Thai clinch and landing some devastating knees on his opponent before ending the bout with strikes to the grounded Martinez.
“I impressed myself. I always like struggle self-belief a lot when I like am preparing. I have a lot of anxiety, but I’m very happy with that. I took a few punches, I didn’t freak out, I didn’t panic wrestle. I hurt him to the body and then I good instincts,” he said.
“I’m now a grappling specialist with half his wins in the UFC by knockout so quite happy with that.”
When one reporter pointed out that Leavitt had predicted that finish the lightweight smirked.
“That was a joke! That was straight up joke. I had no belief that I was literally going to knock him out. It was a possibility, things happen, but total joke,” he said.
Now that he’s back in the winner’s circle what’s next for one of the more expressive fighters on the roster.
“My wife has not seen me fight since I’ve been in the UFC. My family my mom, everyone who has supported me all long the way, they haven’t been able to see me fight for now half of my career. It really bums me out,” he said.
“I really would love for my wife to come to the next one as long as I’m not flying to some other country where they hate me. Give me T-Mobile (Arena). Give me like the hometown crowd I deserve it, dammit.”
Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Jordan Leavitt above.