“I’m gonna faint backstage!” UFC fighter threatens to walkout of battle if pregnant wife goes into labor on fight day
Jordan Leavitt's wife is pregnant and now he revealed that he might pull out of his fight against Chase Hooper this weekend.
Jordan Leavitt revealed that he might pull out of his fight (via IMAGO/Vouge)
UFC lightweight Jordan Leavitt fights fellow contender Chase Hooper this weekend in UFC Vegas 82. However, in a conversation with the media recently, he revealed that he might pull out of the fight. He said that his wife was pregnant and was due to labor four days after the fight. But, if it ensues before his fight, he would withdraw to witness his childbirth.
Jordan Leavitt last competed in January 2023 and earned a quick finish over Victor Martinez. Since he lost to Paddy Pimblett in his last fight, this win was crucial for him. As such, his upcoming fight is with Chase Hooper. But he apologized to the UFC and his opponent Hooper in case he had to pull out. Here is what he said:
My baby's due four days after the fight. So, this has the potential to be the most stressful week of my life. Just don't go into labor on weigh-in day or fight day and it'll be good. I'm sorry. I'm not going to do the whole thing like 'she's going into labor, you gotta win this fight early, No! I'm out. The fight's not happening. I'm gonna faint backstage, you'll see it. My wife goes into labor, I'm sorry I'm not going. I''m not fighting.Jordan Leavitt (via pre-fight press conference)
Jordan Leavitt and his wife were blessed with a child back in January 2021. This would be his second child and he does not want to lose out on the opportunity to be there for his wife and his unborn child. It was a bold decision to reveal that he would withdraw from the fight amidst his situation.
‘The Money King’ earned his spot in the UFC through Dana White’s contender series in 2020. Since then, he’s put on spectacular performances except for his two losses to Claudio Puelles and Paddy Pimblett.
Jordan Leavitt shared his thoughts on Sean Stricklan becoming the UFC Champion
Jordan Leavitt and Sean Strickland train at the same gym, Xtreme Couture. They are teammates and have known each other for a while. Strickland faced Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title in UFC 293.
While many people didn’t believe that he would win, his teammates including Leavitt believed in Strickland’s abilities to pull it off. Now, Leavitt shared how inspiring Strickland’s win over Adesanya was.
Jordan Leavitt said that Sean Strickland’s win was inspiring considering that he almost lost one of his legs four years earlier. Strickland had a motorcycle accident back in 2018 which nearly ended his fighting career. However, he came back and conquered the middleweight division. This gave Leavitt high hopes and he stated that anyone could do it if Sean Strickland could do it. Here is what he said:
He won the belt after losing his leg four years ago. He doesn't bend his knees when he fights. He's crippled. He's all these things and he beat arguably the best middleweight of all time. It's freaking inspiring stuff...I have high hopes, damn it! Anyone can do it if Sean Strickland can do it.Jordan Leavitt (via X)
‘The Money King’ returns to the octagon this weekend against Chase Hooper in UFC Las Vegas 86. A win in this fight might push his chances to get a ranked opponent sooner. On the other hand, Sean Strickland is scheduled to face Dricus Du Plessis for his first title defense in January.
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