After a big UFC 273 card in Jacksonville, a week later the UFC is back for a Fight Night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is a rematch between Belal Muhammad and Vicente Luque. Contender Series contract winner Jordan Leavitt, who is 2-1 in the UFC, welcomes newcomer Trey Ogden to the UFC.
Standing at 5’11″
Fight at 135 pounds (bantamweight)
32 years old
Fight from Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Training outside Glory MMA and Fitness
A professional record of 15-4
How will Ogden fare in the UFC:
Ogden was always a solid regional fighter who was always going to make it to the UFC one day. He’s fought decent competition his entire career breaking a combined record of 103-51. He has won his last three games and deserves this opportunity.
Ogden is very capable in all aspects of the fighting game as he is not good everywhere but good everywhere. The best thing Ogden brings to the table is that no matter where he is, he is constantly working. On the feet, his jab is solid and he always presses with kicks and punches keeping busy. Ogden is a better wrestler and has an even better ground game. He also stays busy there. He constantly throws the ground and delivers it, mixing it with his shot selection. It was his submission base that got him to where he is now. Everything chokes with him being the guillotine or the RNC mostly. Even on his back, his sash is super smooth.
Ogden is easy to take down and even easy to sweep up once on top. He’s comfortable fighting his back because it’s so delicate. Even when battling against his back, he’s more active than the guy on top. The problem is that it is downcast and not too top heavy when at the top. Odgen was knocked down before being finished three times in the first round by submission.
Ogden is in his prime right now and is training at a good camp with solid all-around experience. There are definitely wins Ogden can get in the UFC. Just because he is adaptable and has a good reservoir and against the bottom of the division he will find success. It will never be ranked or anywhere near. I can see him more as a guy to test new fighters in the division.
How he matches up with Leavitt:
The problem here is that Leavitt is a submission threat and Ogden’s submission defense is suspect. However, that’s all Leavitt has to offer. His wrestling is weak and he is very limited on the feet. Even though Leavitt has been in the UFC, Ogden has better wins on his resume. Ogden is much better on his feet, is a much better wrestler, his jiu-jitsu is just as good, and he has a better gas tank. I don’t see how Ogden loses as long as he stays reactive to submission attempts.