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Matt Leighton

Matt Leighton

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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

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
50
9
#86e620
Triangle
22
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
11
2
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle kimura
25
1
#86e620
Triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Matt Leighton Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13477Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsChicago SMO88KGF2017
13484Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13822Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtLPts: 5x0Atlanta SM OpenABS4F2017
13871Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14245Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14455Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsCincinnati Open88KGF2017
14459Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLReferee DecisionCincinnati OpenABSSF2017
15307Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15369Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleChicago Sp. Open94KGF2018
15377Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChoke from backChicago Sp. OpenABSSF2018
15937Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x0World Pro94KGSF2018
15942Basel FanousLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KGRPC2018
16605Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16794Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 8294KGSPF2018
17231Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta Summer O.ABSSF2018
18956Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19169Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x2Pan American88KG8F2019
19931Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
13476Joseph HookerWArmbarChicago SMO88KGSF2017
13483Danilo LopesWArmbarChicago SMOABSR12017
13557Malden JokmanovicWArmbarWashington Open88KGSF2017
13558Christian DellevagWTriangleWashington Open88KGF2017
13689Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 49ABSSPF2017
13819Walnan PrestoWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KG4F2017
13820Jeff BoudreauxWArmbarAtlanta SM Open94KGSF2017
13821Josh BowlinWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KGF2017
13870Oleksandr KarliychukWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
14243Charles McGuireWArmbarBJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
14357Diego GamonalWWristlockSan Antonio Open88KGF2017
14457Fabricio BarbarottiWTriangleCincinnati OpenABS4F2017
14770Pedro AzambujaWPts: 2x0US National Pro94KGF2018
14847Eduardo MiguelWTriangleMexico Pro94KGF2018
14997Kenneth BrownWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
14998Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15305Jamie HughesWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15316Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 6694KGSPF2018
15321Matthew GoddenWSubmissionCanada Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
15322Amir YafawiWPts: 6x0Canada Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15721Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionSub SpectrumABSSPF2018
16066Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWTriangle armbarF2W Pro 7393KGSPF2018
16152Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWN/AMiami Spring Open88KGRR2018
16153Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWN/AMiami Spring Open88KGF2018
16495Oscar HippWTriangleF2W Pro 7894KGSPF2018
16924Pedro MiglianoWTriangle armbarChicago SM Open94KGSF2018
16925Andy KazigWArmbarChicago SM Open94KGF2018
16945Dante LeonDante LeonWArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17054Daniel HamptonWPointsToronto Open94KGF2018
17224Fabio MeloWSubmissionAtlanta Summer O.88KGSF2018
17225Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAtlanta Summer O.88KGF2018
20017Josh CadenbachWN/AChicago Sp. Open94KGSF2019

Matthew Leighton vs Christian Dellevag

Matthew Leighton vs Diego Gamonal

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