#451 – Jordan Leavitt

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Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Backdrop. Bam. We’re live.

Jordan Leavitt (00:03):

Thank you. Yeah. Got a little book tapestry for my birthday. I like it a lot.

Sevan Matossian (00:08):

Oh, that’s what it is. That’s a tapestry.

Jordan Leavitt (00:11):

Yeah. Scene looks, looks pretty snazzy. Yeah. I’m

Sevan Matossian (00:15):

Pretty. Oh, it’s awesome. Wow. I thought it was some green screen thing, uh, that your computer offered up when you were zooming.

Jordan Leavitt (00:25):

<laugh>

Sevan Matossian (00:26):

Jordan. You’re all ready to go to practice.

Jordan Leavitt (00:29):

Yeah. Um, today’s one of my long days I went to a bachelor party this weekend, so I missed one hard workout. So I’m getting four in today. So I started early.

Sevan Matossian (00:41):

Uh, did you, do you, do you drink at the bachelor party?

Jordan Leavitt (00:44):

No, I, I was, I was the dad. I was making sure everyone was safe and well, not responsible, but you know, like safe enough. And yeah. So I just played dad this weekend.

Sevan Matossian (00:55):

You’ll train four times today.

Jordan Leavitt (00:59):

Yeah. Um, what’s that session? Jujitsu, regular practice. Another rest session at jujitsu.

Sevan Matossian (01:06):

Wow. Tell me that one more time. Cuz you broke up in the beginning.

Jordan Leavitt (01:09):

Oh yeah. I have a MIT session for an hour, then I have jujitsu and then there’s wrestling Wallwork and then some more jujit to do at the end of the day. So yeah, four sessions. Nice. Like six hour day. So,

Sevan Matossian (01:22):

And there won’t be any, um, there’s no, uh, I guess nonfunctional training, meaning like you won’t just, there won’t be any like you don’t, you don’t throw any CrossFit in there. I, if you’re training it’s, it’s somehow involved in the martial arts.

Jordan Leavitt (01:37):

Yeah. For the most part, I do two strength and conditioning sessions a week and then I do my, my mobility work, but besides that, nothing really nonfunctional or not fight specific.

Sevan Matossian (01:49):

Gotcha. Um, what is the date of this fight?

Jordan Leavitt (01:53):

I fight July 23rd.

Sevan Matossian (01:57):

Uh, for those of you don’t know, um, uh, Jordan’s been on the show several times. Uh, I don’t know. It’s been probably more than a year now. He had a incredible viral knockout and he, um, is one of the, I wouldn’t, I don’t know if you’d him young, but uh, anyone young by the time they make it to the UFC, it seems like everyone’s pretty seasoned. Uh, but he fights in the most difficult, the most difficult group of fucking warriors on the planet, in the ultimate fighting championships in the UFC. You guys all know that I’m a crazy nut fan of that. And he’s fighting a guy named Patty the bad who they’ve been sort of hyping along with Ian. Gary is kind of the new, you know, they’re trying to package them almost like con McGregor or I don’t know if they’re doing that. Maybe it’s just between my ears. And uh, what, what a, how does that, um, aren’t they afraid for him? Why would they put him with you?

Jordan Leavitt (02:51):

Um, I think it’s quite a gamble as well. Like stylistically speaking. Um, we’re both like primarily grapplers Uhhuh and I’m a, I’m pretty sure.

Sevan Matossian (03:03):

Well, I I’ve only seen three of his fights. I, I didn’t think of him as a grappler. I kind of see him as kind of like a reckless puncher.

Jordan Leavitt (03:10):

Yeah. It’s because his debut, he couldn’t get the guy down. That was his first knockout. So he’s never had a real knockout until his UFC debut. And then he couldn’t do his plan a and then he kind of hit the guy as they were exiting the clinch. But yeah, that was his first knockout knockout, so. Wow. Yeah. Okay. We both have one real knockout.

Sevan Matossian (03:30):

Wow. Oh, so you must be excited.

Jordan Leavitt (03:33):

Yes. I’m very excited. I’m excited for everything except for all the extra flash, like all the extra interviews and the extra media attention is some is sometimes a little tedious, but I’m very happy for the fight. Like everything. Everything else makes me more nervous than the actual fight. I think this fight is less dangerous than a lot of the other fights that will be offered me at this point. So I think as long as he doesn’t get lucky, it should be a very winnable fight. And I like my odds.

Sevan Matossian (04:06):

Yeah. I wouldn’t think anyone would want to be on the ground with you.

Jordan Leavitt (04:11):

Yeah. I don’t. I especially cause there’s some fires who are like, okay, I’ll survive on the ground. But none of them really like to engage me too much in the ground fighting, but they’re kind of putting me against a guy who’s only one when he can implement like a, a grappling strategy. So I definitely think this fight’s going to be very awkward and I think whoever has cleaner, strikings gonna win. And I think, I think that’s me. I think I’m that guy on that, on that night. So

Sevan Matossian (04:41):

Pretty, I think you’re that guy too. Hey, when you get a fight like this, what kind of energy does it bring to the gym? Like do you feel it in the gym?

Jordan Leavitt (04:50):

Oh yeah. I’m getting a lot of, you know, pats in the back and good lucks from people have never told me good luck before <laugh> um, I was teaching Sunday school at my church and some of my, my kids don’t watch fight, but one of them’s like, you’re fighting that Patty Plet guy. I know him, I saw it on TikTok and this, this and this. So definitely a lot more attention from people who generally don’t, you know, care too much about the whole fight thing. But yeah, everyone at the gym’s very excited. I’m getting a little bit more attention from coaches and everything. So that’s always helpful a little bit more, um, work with me, but yeah, a lot despite is where I love energy. I think in life to syndicate, we haven’t had like a big fight in a long, in a long, in a long time.

Sevan Matossian (05:34):

Um, at any point, does someone talk to you or do you talk to yourself? And you’re like, okay, I might not enjoy doing the interviews. I might not enjoy the added attention. I really just wanna go out there and, you know, and fight. Um, but since it is happening, I’m gonna kind of flip the script on that and I am gonna enjoy it.

Jordan Leavitt (05:51):

Yeah. It’s kinda like make the best of it. Like I’m just trying a lot more interviews. I’m just trying to cut loose. Yeah. And one thing I never really experienced until this fight is like, every time I have an interview, I get like dozens or hundreds of tags on Instagram. Jordan said this about the Patty fight and that’s kinda weird. Like I say, like they’re a riot when I twerk on them and I’m tagged like over a hundred times from other Instagram MMA pages and everyone’s combined on it and it’s on Twitter and I’m like, dude, it was like, it was kinda lighthearted as a joke. Yeah. But now it’s like, you know, a simple fight or freedom now I have Tor on him because everyone like desires it. And it’s a bit strange. It’s a bit strange, but it’s, it’s, it’s kind of fun to like see the reactions.

Sevan Matossian (06:39):

Yeah. Um, it, it is a, um, I, I, this is, he’s never fought anyone. I don’t think who as many people know as you either. Um, this must be pretty trippy for him. Uh, I know he, I, I, I suspect that he fancies himself to be the weirdo and, uh, he, and, and you’ve definitely matched him in that sort of that eccentric category. I wonder if he’s kind of freaked out by that. You know, we kind of saw that with, um, uh, Glover and, um, and Yuri, right. Yuri is quite the eccentric

Jordan Leavitt (07:14):

<laugh>

Sevan Matossian (07:14):

Right. The way he moves. And, and even when he is getting beat up, he’s like patting Glover on the back. Like, did you see those things, those weird gestures and things he does during the fight.

Jordan Leavitt (07:24):

Yeah. Yuri’s a weird one. Yeah. You know, us weirdness are definitely gonna be represented in the next, the future of the sport. That’s for sure.

Sevan Matossian (07:32):

Yeah. I, I mean, I love it. I just, I, I would, I would love to know what’s going on in his head. He must be, he must be tripping.

Jordan Leavitt (07:39):

<laugh>

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

Do you ever, do you ever feel, um, I, I, I don’t mean to bring the energy down. Um, so I’ll try to keep it in a positive way. Do you ever feel, realize or feel like you’re all alone? Like, oh shit, this is, this is all on me. No one else cares. If I fail it’s me. If I win it’s me, it’s like, fuck.

Jordan Leavitt (08:00):

Yeah. I only really feel like I’m alone when I’m not successful. Cause when you win, everyone wants to take their little, their little piece of credit. They, everyone likes to be involved when you’re a winner. Right. But when you lose, everyone’s like, ah, you didn’t do this and you didn’t do that. So for the most part, since I usually, when I haven’t felt alone in this sport so far, but this point I’m definitely feeling overcrowded. Like I might, I sometimes my, sometimes during this camp, I, I think I would’ve preferred to feel more alone. Yeah. A little bit more about own some, but yeah, it’s kind of weird. Uh, when not a lot of people around you kind of understand like, oh yeah, you must be so excited about the big fight. You’ll be famous that this happened. This is like a career changing moment. How do you feel about it? And I was like, I kind of take every fight seriously. Right. So right. For me, it’s like, it’s just a fight, all the extra flash, you know, that’s not real, all the pressure that comes from that is like from inside my own head. So for me, it’s like every fights, the most important fight in my life because yeah,

Sevan Matossian (09:06):

Yeah. You don’t wanna win this. You don’t wanna lose this one anymore than you wanted to lose the last one.

Jordan Leavitt (09:12):

Yeah. Like you

Sevan Matossian (09:13):

They’re all equal.

Jordan Leavitt (09:15):

Yeah. The one bad thing is that’s on a bigger stage, but rather lose when a, you know, a few million people are watching them lose when there’s 10,000 people walk to, you know, so for me, it’s, it’s all the same. I get the same love and the same hate for a win. And I get paid the same. And for me since every, the most important time is now every fight’s the most important fight.

Sevan Matossian (09:38):

There’s uh, you don’t have a plan B do you?

Jordan Leavitt (09:43):

Um, I mean, not like a hard plan B I could, I have nine credits left for my degree. I could go to law school, but political science is kind of a useless degree. So no, not really. I don’t have like a immediate plan B, but I think like three, four years I could totally, I could be stable in some other aspect, but besides being like a personal trainer coach, not really a plan B for the time being,

Sevan Matossian (10:09):

Um, do, when you missed, um, your training to go to that bachelor party, were you hating on yourself? Were you able to enjoy the bachelor party or were you pretty hard on yourself?

Jordan Leavitt (10:18):

I’m, I’m pretty hard on myself. My last camp, I dislocated my ankle and I had strep throat and I missed two days and I was like on myself and that, and I had been in camp for almost seven months straight. Like I think sometimes I actually need to like tone it down a little bit because you know, you shouldn’t be in camp for a better part of a year. So I definitely beat myself up. I’m always afraid. Like if I lose it’s because I don’t think it’s because of one missed workout. I think it’s because of the attitude that makes you miss workouts. So I feel like a lot of fighters get obsessed with like every individual session, but there’s been so many times during camp or during my training day where I’m like today was kind of a waste of time. Like you drill something that’s stupid or maybe you kind of got injured and the rest of the workouts were kind of crap. Maybe you just weren’t feeling well, didn’t hit any APR. So I had a lot of training days where it didn’t really feel like I progressed and that’s how I kind of rationalize it. Like it’s okay. I didn’t work out on Saturday, but went for a nice strenuous hike. I did a lot of film study and that helps. I definitely get, I definitely improve whenever I do film studies. So I kind of just had to rationalize it that way.

Sevan Matossian (11:29):

Uh, David, thanks for the loot dude. Very kind of you, um, he, David’s asking what’s your favorite submission?

Jordan Leavitt (11:36):

Ooh, Ooh. That’s so hard for me. I think my favorite submission to train is definitely like a guillotine Anaconda. Like either one of those are probably probably my favorite submission. I love those submissions. I will give a position for those submissions, but I think the coolest to get for me is just like a invert, like inverted triangle. I won one of my UFC fights by that. It’s kind of like a gimmicky move that only happens like in two circumstances. So when I can force that to happen, the inverted triangle, but generally Ana K team, I think it’s like the queen, the queen of chokes it’s ver no one feels, you know, you feel very powerful when you just like have someone’s head in your arm tight and you’re squeezing and like you’re flexing your bicep and your shoulder. That feels pretty empowering. So definitely outta K guillo team.

Sevan Matossian (12:23):

And when it sunk in deep

Jordan Leavitt (12:24):

Mm-hmm <affirmative> and you just feel, you could like feel the veins, like a little chat, like a hose when the water goes through, you kind of feel it cut off. And sometimes that sweet little gurgle, like those are pretty cool.

Sevan Matossian (12:40):

The plant, I, I, I was in my garden yesterday, pulling weeds and picking up dog poop. And I realized that is that I have no plan B. And by that, I mean, I’m, I’m gonna circle back to that. Let me ask you one more question. That’s gets a bit of a loaded question. Do, do your, do your coaches or your training partners ever miss days. So you’re they do

Jordan Leavitt (13:11):

Yeah. All the time.

Sevan Matossian (13:12):

And, and does that piss you off? Do you resent that? Are you like, what the fuck? This is me. Yeah. I’m fucking gonna fight fucking in fucking London, which I’m giving my life. Are you on my fucking team or not? You ever feel that way?

Jordan Leavitt (13:25):

Yeah. I feel like that way a lot.

Sevan Matossian (13:27):

<laugh> I feel like good. I felt like that this morning.

Jordan Leavitt (13:31):

Yeah. I feel like a lot of fighters. A

Sevan Matossian (13:33):

Lot of people because they have a plan B, they have other fighters. They have a plan B I don’t have a fucking plan B you don’t have a plan B.

Jordan Leavitt (13:40):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (13:41):

It’s keep interrupting.

Jordan Leavitt (13:43):

Oh, it’s okay. Um, it’s it’s like a lot of fighters, even when they do this, like for their job, they definitely still treat it as a hobby Uhhuh. And for me, even when I first started, like even when I was working at a job and I was going to school, I never missed a day of training. I would figure it out because yeah,

Sevan Matossian (14:02):

I, I figured it out, do my

Jordan Leavitt (14:04):

Thing. Yeah. So I’m like, it’s my job. I love this. I’m happy to go to training almost every day. Yeah. I’d be pretty messed up. Not to enjoy training. Yeah. And when other fighters they would tell me, they’re like, oh, it’s my life, man. Nobody wants this more than me. I’m like, dude, maybe nobody wants it more than you. The two days a week you come. But like consistency. Like I love this sport. I love doing love, going to practice. I love learning. I like the bad parts. I love the good parts. And I just feel like so many people I bump into, especially even in the UFC, they just don’t take it that seriously. They’re like, oh, I can’t improve. I don’t, I can’t do that. This and that. Or I just don’t have the time to improve myself in the, these areas. And I’m like, and make time, no one trains for 9, 9, 10 hours a day, like a normal job.

Jordan Leavitt (14:52):

Like when I was working banquets, going to school, I had like maybe three hours of train. And I trained during those three hours, I feel like a lot of fighters, they don’t understand how much potential they have to improve and how much they can gain from the sport. They just put their, put their all into it. But on the flip side, all into anything, and then you fail, it’s all on you. Right? So a lot of fighters feel like kind of handicapped themselves by only putting in like a marginal amount of effort into it. So that way they can’t blame themselves. It’s not, they’re not the problem. Oh, I didn’t have time for my strengthening. The mission in, I didn’t have the coaching I wanted. I didn’t have enough long enough camp. I was too fat. And I’m like, I tried to figure out all those variables, give yourself no excuses.

Sevan Matossian (15:33):

I, I, but I specifically mean the people who were on your team, who like, if, so, so let’s say I was your coach.

Jordan Leavitt (15:42):

Mm-hmm <affirmative>

Sevan Matossian (15:44):

I would wanna take credit for every single fucking person you beat. And the only way I could do that is if I showed up to every single fucking camp, every single fucking day and the days you didn’t show up, I would come over to your house and bang on your front door. My commitment. I would feel competitive with you to make sure that I was always there for you. I would fucking surprise you and call you at 10 30 at night and be like, Jordan met your front door. Let’s go for a run. You know what I mean? How, how, how is anyone doing anything? Half ass. And I’m not saying they are in your camp. I’m having some, my own internal issues. I’m projecting them on you. I apologize. How, how, how does anyone, how does anyone wanna be a part of the Jordan Levette camp? Did I pronounce your last name? Right?

Jordan Leavitt (16:28):

Oh, Levit. But it’s close enough. Lovet

Sevan Matossian (16:30):

Jordan Levit camp. When he is fighting Patty Plet in the oh two fucking arena in London in 2022 and not be there every single fucking day for you. I don’t get it. I here’s, here’s what happened. Here’s what happened. I, um, the CrossFit semifinals just happened the last three weekends. It’s basically these three day things that happen Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And it happens over the last three weeks. And then the winners from those events get to go to the CrossFit games in August. And I did these shows and it was a lot of shows. It was like 10 to 15 shows a weekend. It was fucking nuts. And I do it on this podcast, just like this. And, um, uh, a after these three weeks I’m looking one guy. So I had a bunch of different people help me with the show, which is awesome. And I love them, but there was one guy who did every single fucking show with me. And last night, when we were all done, I’m sitting there staring at him, his name’s Andrew Hiller. And I go, holy fuck. You have no plan B. He goes, no, I go, you wanna fucking win YouTube? He goes Uhhuh.

Sevan Matossian (17:31):

And you just, you, I just realized that not, not to take a, a dig at, um, um, uh, people like, um, David Goggins or jock O Willock or any of these people or Jordan Peterson or any of these people who talk about fucking leadership or motivation. But the greatest thing that can happen to you, if you want something is not to have a plan B. And the second greatest thing is to find someone else to work with you, who doesn’t have a plan B or to find a wife who, or a husband who will support you while you don’t have a plan B. Cause if you don’t have plan B, you’re just in, you’re like a Labrador chasing a tennis ball. There’s no, you there’s. No, there’s, that’s it. And I was just wondering that this morning I was like, fuck, if you’re a fighter, it it’s all on the line.

Jordan Leavitt (18:17):

Yeah. If you can’t fall forward, you have to fall on your face. I mean, if you can’t fall back, you have to find fall in your face. A lot of people, especially like my family, very professional. They’re like, well, you need to have a fall back. I’m like, no, like this isn’t something where you put some of your energy backwards as you try to move forward. Like I’m either gonna succeed out, succeed at this, or I’m gonna fall on my face, but I’d rather fall forward. You know? Like I’m not, I don’t plan on falling back on anything because I feel like the moment you kind of doubt yourself, you’re kind of putting that out into like the world. Like if you’ve, if you imagine doubts, you plan for doubts and plan for failures and stuff, give fail more often than more often than you think.

Sevan Matossian (18:56):

Yeah. Um, how, how do you think, um, you’re the best, um, Jordan that you’ve ever been right now?

Jordan Leavitt (19:06):

Yeah, I think every week I’m always learning things. I think I improve every week and I definitely feel like even I improve even little things every week. Like my mouth discipline’s gotten better. And I think it’s because I have a little bit more self belief, every fight, the more experience I get, the more confident I’m feeling in my abilities. And yeah, I think right now I’m the best word I’ve ever been.

Sevan Matossian (19:32):

Um, did you watch the fights this past weekend?

Jordan Leavitt (19:35):

I’ve I, I haven’t watched, I haven’t caught up all of them, but I’ve seen the pay view, um, part.

Sevan Matossian (19:40):

Okay. And when, when, when there’s two guys in there, like, um, Yuri and, um, Glover, um, do you have a plan? Do you have a speech ready to give yourself if it goes to, to the super deep end like that?

Jordan Leavitt (19:58):

Ooh, no. I’ve always like, I get like a, it’s almost like a spiritual experience when I watch fights where you see like the battle of wills, like you could tell, like there’s a few fights where like these, both these people are giving it and they’re all they, and they were disciplined. They did everything in the, in like the pre-fight and like for this 25 minutes for this 15 minutes, like they’re putting their entire being into it. And that was one of those rare fights where I was like, it was like a spiritual inspiring thing. And you know, I’m not sure if you could prepare yourself beforehand. I think, I think the right I’ll tell myself the right words when someone, when I find the right dance partner and I just haven’t really been pushed too much in my fight career. I’ve never been in that position. Like even when I lost, like, I didn’t really encounter too much adversity. So I feel like whenever I do encounter adversity, I definitely feel like it brings out the best in me. And I’m really excited to find, to hopefully get a fight where it kind of like wakes the dog in me. I definitely, I dream of having at least one fight like that, where I kinda get to see it inside.

Sevan Matossian (21:08):

I like the way you said that wakes the dog in you, can that happen in, does that ever happen in training or do you ever, um, do, do you ever go to a place in training where you, you, you hear yourself start giving yourself a pep talk?

Jordan Leavitt (21:21):

Yeah, it happens a lot. Like, especially now that I’m like UFC fighter, Jordan Levit, there are a lot of people that come into training. They definitely kind of wanna like, make things a little bit more competitive or a little bit more heated than I want Uhhuh. And I kinda have to like assert my dominance a lot more often than I used to. Cause I used to be like, okay, this guys are nobody like it’s okay. He could like have this round, I’ll keep going 50, 50, 60%. But now it’s like, it’s like a fight against like my ego sometimes like this guy is trying to like hurt me sparring. I’m like, okay, I have to hurt you now kind of thing. And it kind of wakes me up by always like fight myself a lot more often, probably at least once a week, you know, um, waking up going my full, like force my full power and like entering kind of like that flow state that only happens during competition. I think definitely. I think I’m getting more used to, you know, not being afraid of myself cuz sometimes it’s really scary if you’re a fighter, if like you enter like kind of like that intense, competitive, angry state, because you’re sometimes more open. But also I feel like you’re, I’m at my best when the emotions are high. I feel usually as a fighter, try to keep things very CEAL, um, find medium between those two, um, states

Sevan Matossian (22:39):

When, when Jorge Mabe ran, um, uh, um, ran across the ring and threw that knee at Ben ASIN. And um, and I hear, and I hear Shane O’Malley talk about wanting to make viral knockouts. Do, um, do you think he, they really mean that? Do you think that they really is? Is there time to think like that in the gym? And then the second part is, is when you see something like that, that Jorge did to ask her, does that put all fighters on notice? Like, Hey, better be careful right? When the bell rings or, or, or what, what happened between Aldo and um, and Connor, right? Yeah. And that’s the worst thing that can happen. Right.

Jordan Leavitt (23:20):

I agree. Because like, whenever you’re knocked out on the first strike, everyone’s like, oh, there’s so much better than you. I’m like, it’s almost like that’s the easiest time to hurt somebody. Right? You never give an opportunity to like to brace themselves or to like gauge how they’re going to like, you know, roll and react to punches. Like it’s the perfect win, like cuz fighting’s about deception and like nothing’s more deceiving than giving you no chances to retaliate ever. And so I feel like the, especially now that there’s social media, like the era of the viral knockout or the viral knockout is the king, that’s the best billboard you get for your career. Yeah. Like it definitely makes me make a lot, the first 15 seconds as is, you know, before the first 15 seconds are probably the time where you’d really ease into things.

Sevan Matossian (24:10):

Um, what do you mean? Um, fighting is about deception.

Jordan Leavitt (24:14):

Um, like on paper, if two guys fight and one guy’s better at the, you know, grappling and wrestling and striking, he’s gonna win. But like, and I’m a better liar. If I could trick you, I could make you think I’m doing something when I actually need to do another thing. I’ll like my chances, my odds are a lot better and fighting. Like if I tell you I’m throwing a jab right now, I’m probably not gonna hit you very often. So I have to lie to you and lie. And like, fighting’s kind of like this big, it’s like basically a game of tricks, a game of pranks with violent ends. And I feel a lot of fighters. Like they don’t faint. They show you exactly what they’re going to do. And they’ll still beat you if you’re playing by the same rules of the game. But I think on the higher level you have to lie to each other like this, you can’t be straightforward and be at the top level of this sport. And I feel like you have to learn how to make people believe like a magic trick. I make them look over here when really the trick’s all over here.

Sevan Matossian (25:14):

Yeah. Yuri’s jab was fucking bizarre and potent, wasn’t it?

Jordan Leavitt (25:19):

Yeah. Yeah. He holds it by like his, his cup and he kind of waves it weird. And he comes up from like a, an upward angle. Like everything was coming from like Glover’s chest upward. And then everyone’s like, why is he throwing all these weird things? Like, well that makes, that keeps a fighter on notice. Like he definitely slowed down Glover’s pace, even though it was still a high pace fight, like Glover, couldn’t just do his slip overhead because it, you can’t slip something that’s coming that your throat. So yeah, Yeary, he’s very good at deceiving people. A lot of his tan, a lot of his fundamentals are really wrong, but would you lie enough? You still can win.

Sevan Matossian (25:57):

Yeah. It was. Um, I’d never seen anything like it. I mean, you know, people say that, I, I mean you have a very unique style too. You’re very, it’s, you know, the, I mean, you’re in great company, yure a dominant cruise. Um, you, you know, these, these fighters, it’s like, wow, you’ve never seen anyone move like that. Tony Ferguson.

Jordan Leavitt (26:17):

Yeah. I like a lot of fighters. Like they, they all, they spend their entire careers emulating somebody else. Right. Like I love this fighter. I’m gonna do exactly what he does then. They’re kinda a poor man’s version of that fighter. Right. And for me, I think, especially cuz I also started like my first like eight years kind of doing most things on my own. Like I started striking my like boxing people at the park, no coaches. I started doing jujitsu by like learning off of YouTube and like Patriot on and all those things. I kind of have been self taught for the most part. Like my, my a game, no one taught me my a game. So I feel like when I fight everyone now, people are kind of becoming savvy to like, okay, now Jordan knows what he’s doing. It just looks weird. And I just like, when I fight, you could tell like, okay, like he has a goal. We’re just not quite sure what his goals are. <laugh>

Sevan Matossian (27:06):

Um, what do you mean you used to fight in the park?

Jordan Leavitt (27:10):

Um, before, you know, when I was in high school and I was just wrestling, I couldn’t focus on MMA. So I got me and some friends we’d go to the park and we would box. Wow. And then other people at the park would like want to jump in and box. Like I box a lot of random strangers, you know, which really dangerous in hindsight, but I would just boxing people at the

Sevan Matossian (27:28):

Corner. <laugh>

Jordan Leavitt (27:29):

Like in the summer, in the winter barefoot. And I feel like I really, I missed that kind of save to my, my training life. Sometimes the absolute freedom and the complete, you know, volatile, random nature of my trading sessions. But yeah, I’ve, I would spar people of any weight class in the park know. So

Sevan Matossian (27:52):

You’d be in the park, just, just, you know, sparring with friends and Randalls would walk up and be like, Hey, you want piece of me? And you’d be like, sure. And they’d throw in the gloves and you’d get at it.

Jordan Leavitt (28:01):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (28:02):

Dang.

Jordan Leavitt (28:02):

Hey, can I join man? Like, oh, I boxed a little bit, oh, I do this. Like we join. I’m like, yeah, sure. Like we had a nice little like rotation for several years where we always just go the park days and just beat the crap out of each other. And only time, only a few ti that’s that’s the first time I got knocked out, the only time I’ve been knocked down really was that boxing. My friend, like we were boxing the basement that one time and I got like dropped bad and that’s the only time I’ve been dropped was like fighting someone in a basement. So I definitely had a little bit more rough roots to a lot of these fighters, um, that are coming up now,

Sevan Matossian (28:38):

When will you go to London? Will you, will you go early?

Jordan Leavitt (28:42):

Yeah, I’ll prob like I fight Saturday. I’ll probably like fly out there Monday or Tuesday just to make sure I’m acclimatized though. I don’t imagine it’ll be hard because I’m going from Vegas, which would be like 120 in July. All the pollination, all my allergies. Oh. And I’ll be going sea level 70 degrees. I’m I’m pretty happy. I think I’m gonna in that,

Sevan Matossian (29:05):

Um, this, oh, oh, oh, I see. I see it’s UFC 2 77. Is that what it is? No,

Jordan Leavitt (29:21):

I think it’s a fight night. I think it’s um, Aspenal versus somebody maybe.

Sevan Matossian (29:26):

Yeah. Wow. Wow. That’s interesting. I’m I’m looking at. Oh, there you are. Wow. Hey, did you fight Claudia Silva?

Jordan Leavitt (29:43):

Claudia Silva?

Sevan Matossian (29:44):

No. No. Did you, did you fight a Claudia?

Jordan Leavitt (29:47):

Yeah. Claudia PO? Yes.

Sevan Matossian (29:48):

Okay. Okay. Okay. And, and um, it’s funny whenever Patty fights that girl fights.

Jordan Leavitt (29:54):

Yeah. Molly McCann they’re best friends.

Sevan Matossian (29:56):

Yeah. Okay.

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