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Matthew Leighton or Matt Leighton is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Mark Vives (New Breed Training Centre) and a representative of Jared Weiner‘s TAC team when competing internationally. Leighton made his name as one of grappling’s rising stars while climbing the ranks of jiu-jitsu, by conquering important titles such as the IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016) and IBJJF European Open Champion (2016), a status he later cemented as a black belt with repeated podium placements in jiu-jitsu’s international circuit.

Matthew Leighton Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Matthew W Leighton

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > George Gracie > Octávio de Almeida > Adilson de Souza > Mauricio Antonio de Souza > Mark Vives > Matthew Leighton

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Washington D.C. Open (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Canada National Pro (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Mexico National Pro (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Continental North American Pro (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Cincinnati Open (2017*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2018*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi(2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2016* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pesado

Team/Association: TAC Team

Matthew Leighton Biography

Matthew Leighton was born on August 1, 1992, in Chicago, IL – USA, growing up in a neighborhood located on the famous Windy City gangland region, the South Side, more specifically the South Shore.

During his formative years, Matt closely followed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which propelled his interest for martial arts. This curiosity would lead Leighton to a jiu-jitsu gym at the age of 17, a decision highly influenced by a few close friends who had started before him. As there were no BJJ gyms at South Shore, Matt started training in Downtown Chicago with a local Gracie Barra team affiliate led by two purple belts: ‘Beto’ Barros and Brick Welch.

One year into his training and Matt Leighton was already convinced he should be focusing all his energy towards grappling. With a tenacious approach to life, even at such a young age, Matt decided to the South Shore behind as soon as he finished high school and moved into the gym where he dedicated his time solely to his jiu-jitsu, an endeavor that started after his 18th birthday.

In around 2011 Adem Redzovic took over the school from Barros. It was he who awarded Matthew his blue and purple belts. Being totally embedded in jiu-jitsu and wishing to progress as far as he could in competition Leighton chose to switch academies in 2013, moving to a more sporting oriented gym, namely the New Breed Training Centre. There he started working with Mark Vives, the team’s leader.

As a brown belt, Matthew received an invitation from a good friend – and New Breed affiliate John Gutta to move to Iowa and coach BJJ. Gutta was making the transition from teaching at the University of Iowa BJJ Club and working at his own school (Tipping Point Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) in Cedar Rapids. The invitation meant Matt could continue training and coaching while making enough money to compete in the top grappling events around the US. With that in mind, the young athlete decided favorably on the move to Iowa which proved to be a successful decision.

On June 30, 2017, Matthew Leighton was awarded his black belt from his coach Mark Vives.

Matt Leighton Grappling Record

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
38
10
#86e620
Triangle
38
10
#5AD3D1
Submission
8
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
8
2
#fad11b
Wristlock
4
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Triangle kimura
20
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
20
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matt Leighton Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13562Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsChicago SMO88KGF2017
13569Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13908Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtLPts: 5x0Atlanta SM OpenABS4F2017
13957Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14337Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14555Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsCincinnati Open88KGF2017
14559Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLReferee DecisionCincinnati OpenABSSF2017
15440Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15504Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleChicago Sp. Open94KGF2018
15512Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChoke from backChicago Sp. OpenABSSF2018
16082Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x0World Pro94KGSF2018
16087Basel FanousLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KGRPC2018
16757Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16947Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 8294KGSPF2018
17402Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta Summer O.ABSSF2018
19196Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19422Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x2Pan American88KG8F2019
20204Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
20294Dan BorovicDan BorovicLPts: 4x2Chicago Sp. Open94KGF2019
21921Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12988KGSPF2019
23127Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLChoke from backKansas Open94KGF2020
13561Joseph HookerWArmbarChicago SMO88KGSF2017
13568Danilo LopesWArmbarChicago SMOABSR12017
13643Malden JokmanovicWArmbarWashington Open88KGSF2017
13644Christian DellevagWTriangleWashington Open88KGF2017
13775Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 49ABSSPF2017
13905Walnan PrestoWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KG4F2017
13906Jeff BoudreauxWArmbarAtlanta SM Open94KGSF2017
13907Josh BowlinWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KGF2017
13956Oleksandr KarliychukWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
14335Charles McGuireWArmbarBJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
14457Diego GamonalWWristlockSan Antonio Open88KGF2017
14557F. BarbarottiWTriangleCincinnati OpenABS4F2017
14894Pedro AzambujaWPts: 2x0US National Pro94KGF2018
14971Eduardo MiguelWTriangleMexico Pro94KGF2018
15121Kenneth BrownWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15122Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15438Jamie HughesWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15449Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 6694KGSPF2018
15454Matthew GoddenWSubmissionCanada Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
15455Amir YafawiWPts: 6x0Canada Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15859Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionSub SpectrumABSSPF2018
16213Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWTriangle armbarF2W Pro 7393KGSPF2018
16299Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWTriangleMiami Spring Open88KGRR2018
16647Oscar HippWTriangleF2W Pro 7894KGSPF2018
17080Pedro MiglianoWTriangle armbarChicago SM Open94KGSF2018
17081Andy KazigWArmbarChicago SM Open94KGF2018
17101Dante LeonDante LeonWArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17211Amir YafawiWPointsToronto Open94KGSF2018
17212Daniel HamptonWPointsToronto Open94KGF2018
17213Michael ZaniewskiWTriangleToronto OpenABS4F2018
17214Amir YafawiWPointsToronto OpenABSSF2018
17215Rodrigo ReisWTriangleToronto OpenABSF2018
17395Fabio MeloWSubmissionAtlanta Summer O.88KGSF2018
17396Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAtlanta Summer O.88KGF2018
17734Zigmars EvamoisWTriangleTwin Cities Open100KGF2018
17735Zigmars EvamoisWArmbarTwin Cities OpenABS4F2018
17736Gialysson AdaoWPts: 4x2Twin Cities OpenABSSF2018
17737Thomas McMahonWPts: 2x0Twin Cities OpenABSF2018
20292Josh CadenbachWTriangleChicago Sp. Open94KGSF2019
20927Andre ReisWPts: 15x0Austin SMO94KGSF2019
20928Pedro MiglianoWBow and arrowAustin SMO94KGF2019
21021Melor SturuaWTriangleChicago SMO94KGF2019

Matthew Leighton vs Christian Dellevag

Matthew Leighton vs Diego Gamonal

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