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Matt Sayles

Lightweight Division

8-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


Wins by Decision

Matt Sayles

athlete record


Learn more about Matt Sayles' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Chula Vista, United States
Trains at
Alliance MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 4, 2018
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2014

  • Six wins by KO, one by submission

  • Five first round finishes

  • Has won three of his last six

  • Lone pre-UFC loss via split decision to George Hickman in December 2016

  • Three finishes in 1:15 or less


UFC History

UFC Fight Night (12/18/21) Sayles was submitted by Jordan Leavitt via inverted triangle choke at 2:05 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (12/7/19) Sayles was submitted by Bryce Mitchell via twister at 4:20 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (5/4/19) Sayles submitted Kyle Nelson via arm triangle choke at 3:16 of the third round

UFC 227 (8/4/18) Sayles lost a three round unanimous decision to Sheymon Moraes

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2

Week two
(6/19/18) Sayles stopped Yazan Hajeh via strikes at 1:57 of the first round



When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at age 15 for conditioning to better myself at football. I fell in love with the sport of Muay Thai soon after and eventually MMA. I've never looked back.

What titles have you held? WCK and WLF international Muay Thai titles.

Do you have any heroes? If I had to pick a favorite hero of many, it's Muhammad Ali.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. It has been a dream since the beginning, and to just make it in is a dream come true. But I know I belong at the top of my division and aim to be there one day.

What was your job before you started fighting? I've taught kids to adults MMA and currently still wash windows to make ends meet.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 145-pound regional champ as amateur.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Featured on Dana White's Lookin’ for a Fight (season 2 episode 3)

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning backfist