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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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
39
11
#86e620
Armbar
36
10
#5AD3D1
Submission
7
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
7
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
4
1
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (27%)
  • 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
13628Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsChicago SMO88KGF2017
13635Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13975Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtLPts: 5x0Atlanta SM OpenABS4F2017
14026Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14415Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLTriangle kimuraBJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14634Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsCincinnati Open88KGF2017
14638Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLReferee DecisionCincinnati OpenABSSF2017
15535Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN110KGSF2018
15599Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleChicago Sp. Open94KGF2018
15607Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChoke from backChicago Sp. OpenABSSF2018
16178Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x0World Pro94KGSF2018
16183Basel FanousLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KGRPC2018
16865Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
17058Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W 8294KGSPF2018
17528Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta SMOABSSF2018
19387Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19623Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x2Pan American88KG8F2019
20419Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
20509Dan BorovicDan BorovicLPts: 4x2Chicago SPO94KGF2019
22202Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 12988KGSPF2019
23538Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLChoke from backKansas Open94KGF2020
26134Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26552Antonio ZuazoLN/ABoise NGO97KGF2021
26645Nathan MendelshonLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KG4F2021
27583Chris PassarrelloLPts: 3x2Pan American94KG4F2021
30782Marcos CarrozzinoLN/AIndianapolis Open100KGF2022
13627Joseph HookerWArmbarChicago SMO88KGSF2017
13634Danilo LopesWArmbarChicago SMOABSR12017
13710Malden JokmanovicWArmbarWashington Open88KGSF2017
13711Christian DellevagWTriangleWashington Open88KGF2017
13842Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWReferee DecisionF2W 49ABSSPF2017
13972Walnan PrestoWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KG4F2017
13973Jeff BoudreauxWArmbarAtlanta SM Open94KGSF2017
13974Josh BowlinWPointsAtlanta SM Open94KGF2017
14025Oleksandr KarliychukWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
14413Charles McGuireWArmbarBJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
14535Diego GamonalWWristlockSan Antonio Open88KGF2017
14636Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWTriangleCincinnati OpenABS4F2017
14983Pedro AzambujaWPts: 2x0US National Pro94KGF2018
15067Eduardo MiguelWTriangleMexico Pro94KGF2018
15217Kenneth BrownWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15218Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15533Jamie HughesWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN110KG4F2018
15544Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionF2W 6694KGSPF2018
15549Matthew GoddenWSubmissionCanada Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
15550Amir YafawiWPts: 6x0Canada Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15954Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionSub SpectrumABSSPF2018
16310Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWTriangle armbarF2W 7393KGSPF2018
16399Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWTriangleMiami SPO88KGRR2018
16751Oscar HippWTriangleF2W 7894KGSPF2018
17201Pedro MiglianoWTriangle armbarChicago SM Open94KGSF2018
17202Andy KazigWArmbarChicago SM Open94KGF2018
17222Dante LeonDante LeonWArmbarF2W 84ABSSPF2018
17333Amir YafawiWPointsToronto Open94KGSF2018
17334Daniel HamptonWPointsToronto Open94KGF2018
17335Michael ZaniewskiWTriangleToronto OpenABS4F2018
17336Amir YafawiWPointsToronto OpenABSSF2018
17337Rodrigo ReisWTriangleToronto OpenABSF2018
17521Fabio MeloWSubmissionAtlanta SMO88KGSF2018
17522Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAtlanta SMO88KGF2018
17866Zigmars EvamoisWTriangleTwin Cities Open100KGF2018
17867Zigmars EvamoisWArmbarTwin Cities OpenABS4F2018
17868Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWPts: 4x2Twin Cities OpenABSSF2018
17869Thomas McMahonWPts: 2x0Twin Cities OpenABSF2018
20507Josh CadenbachWTriangleChicago SPO94KGSF2019
21163Andre ReisWPts: 15x0Austin SMO94KGSF2019
21164Pedro MiglianoWBow and arrowAustin SMO94KGF2019
21260Melor SturuaWTriangleChicago SMO94KGF2019
26132Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26543Antonio ZuazoWN/ABoise Open94KGF2021
27252Charles McGuireWTriangleKansas Open94KGSF2021
27253Adam BradleyWReferee DecisionKansas Open94KGF2021
27577Melor SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2021

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